Again, the Athlon at 1.2GHz holds a 10% lead over the Pentium 4 at 1.5GHz. Even on a PC133 platform, the 1.2GHz Athlon ends up 2% faster than the Pentium 4.

UnrealTournament is a very texture intensive game, meaning that these a considerable amount of stress on memory bandwidth which the AMD 760 DDR platform definitely has. At the same time there is a stress on low latency memory performance, which the AMD 760 platform has, but which the Pentium 4 also has. Remember that the Athlon can do more in a single clock than the Pentium 4, making the 300MHz difference in clock speed between the Pentium 4 and the Athlon compared here mean very little.

Under Expendable, a very memory performance dependent test, the Pentium 4 suffers considerably, falling to the bottom of our performance charts. Even a high clock speed wouldn't help the Pentium 4 here, it seems like there are some situations in which the Pentium 4 just isn't a high performer.

Gaming Performance - MDK2 Office/Content Creation Performance - SYSMark 2000
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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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