Starting out with Quake III Arena we see that the Pentium 4 immediately jumps to the top of the performance charts. Here we have a case where Quake III Arena is benefiting greatly from the Pentium 4's 400MHz FSB. We noticed early on that Quake III Arena is very sensitive to memory and FSB performance. We can rule out memory performance being a major contributor to the Pentium 4's performance advantage here since the Pentium III 1GHz on the i840, with a similar memory subsystem, is unable to step ahead of the competition.

A major factor for the Pentium 4's performance will be the 400MHz bus, especially as games increase in complexity and the amount of data being sent to and from the CPU increases.

At 1024 x 768 x 32, once again, we're limited by the memory bandwidth of our test GeForce2 GTS. This illustrates both the need for a more efficient memory subsystem when it comes to today's graphics cards, and it also illustrates that you don't need to have a 1.5GHz processor to run at these high resolutions, a 500 - 600MHz processor will do the job almost as well. This doesn't hold true for all games, especially when dealing with more CPU intensive games like flight simulators, however for first person shooters like Quake III Arena you've got to face the facts.

Analyzing Performance - Linpack Gaming Performance - MDK2
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  • g33k - Friday, May 27, 2005 - link

    First Post!!!!

    Seriously how come no one posted on these old articles? It was an interesting read on a bit of history. :)
  • microAmp - Thursday, November 17, 2005 - link


    Seriously how come no one posted on these old articles? It was an interesting read on a bit of history. :)

    Maybe because there wasn't a comment section back then? /sarcasim
  • Rustey118 - Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - link

    10 years after first post. 15 years since article.

    Interesting piece of history. What ever happened to AMD's lead... :(.

    For 10 year in the future reader.

    I knew AMD would take the performance lead.
  • ruxandy - Sunday, March 28, 2021 - link

    @Rustey118: 6 years into the future reader here: Dayum, man! Can I borrow your crystall ball?
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  • Anonymous_87 - Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - link

    this was the worst CPU by intel ever, much like Phenom launch in 2007, yet this is kind towards intel. a contrast to the phenom review. Its sad the bias.
  • Dr AB - Saturday, May 9, 2020 - link

    On the contrary I think this was most interesting ... With much higher memory bandwith, sadly clock speeds were not as impressive in early released models.
  • AndrzejKalach - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    Yeaa this history is awesome. AMD INTEL this companies needs to fight every time in the market.
    Good old intels CPUs! That is what i want.
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  • rosek7302 - Friday, February 3, 2017 - link

    hi the 50% higher clock speed very good

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