Performance: Gaming Applications
As soon as they released the patch for 3DMark03 application, the performance of Pentium 4 grew higher compared with that of Athlon XP. However, the overall picture remained unchanged: Pentium 4 processors have always been the leaders here.
Pentium 4 once again proved its leadership in the total scores of 3DMark03. Although the gap is not that big this time, mostly because 3DMark03 is a graphics subsystem test.
When Pentium 4 acquired 800MHz bus, it defeated Athlon XP in the older 3DMark2001 version, too. Moreover, they managed to get quite far ahead: they are about 6% faster.
In Quake3 Pentium 4 is traditionally faster than Athlon XP, so the results are pretty expected.
The similar situation takes place in Return to Castle Wolfenstein. It is pretty logical, because this game is based on Quake3 engine.