A PC manufacturer close to Intel's plans has supplied The Register with benchmarks of the up-and-coming Pentium 4.
At the same time, it appears that Intel has now scheduled a launch event for the week of October 30th, by which time the Pentium 4 will have gone through a couple of more steps.
Currently the chipset stepping is B0, and our source cautions us that these tests are on a beta platform, using non-final steppings of both CPU and chipset.
Nevertheless, the benchmarks are of considerable interest, and add some more to those we've previously seen. At this point, we'd like to point out that in addition to CPU2's marks, our friends at FullOn3D also published some benchmarks quite a while back, while our attention has also been drawn to remarks made by Paul De Mone on Ace's Hardware bulletin board. His comments are both interesting and cautionary.
According to our mole, his tests yield the same results as the low level benchmarks on 2CPU but he also quotes very low figures using Winstone and Sysmark 2000. Business Winstone, he claims, does not yield reliable results for clock speeds over the 800MHz level. Further, the board used for testing requires more optimisation.
Meanwhile, Intel has also started shipping the first samples of its Garibaldi Pentium 4 boxed mobo, which has a way to go before distributors and dealers can start flogging it.
The tests compare the AMD Thunderbird 1.1GHz chip with the Intel Pentium 4 1400, running Win98SE, and 128Mb of memory, and using the nv15 DDR/6.14 det3 for graphics. Here we go:
Business Winstone 99 1.2
Pentium 4: 30.0
Pentium 4: 182
Business Graphics 99
Pentium 4: 334
Pentium 4: 961
3D WB 2000
Pentium 4: 117
3D Mark 2000
Pentium 4: 6287
Quake 3 High Quality
Pentium 4: 91.9
Quake 3 Normal
Pentium 4: 192.8
Pentium 4: 6755
HE Disk 99
Pentium 4: 21420
CPU Mark 32
Pentium 4: 85
Pentium 4: 4795
Benchmarks (and benchmarketing) are a total nightmare, as Robert Collins points out in this Dr Dobbs piece. Looks like we're gonna have to wait until the end of October now for the reality of odious comparisons… ®
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