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Testbed and Methods

The goal of this testing session is to determine the performance delivered by the new Pentium 4 570J and to compare it to the performance of earlier and competing CPUs. To do that, we used the following hardware:

Processors:

  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 (Socket 939, 1024KB L2);
  • AMD Athlon 64 4000+ (Socket 939, 1024KB L2);
  • AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (Socket 939, 512KB L2);
  • Intel Pentium 4 570J (LGA775, 3.8GHz);
  • Intel Pentium 4 560 (LGA775, 3.6GHz);
  • Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46GHz (LGA775);

Mainboards:

  • ASUS A8V Deluxe (Socket 939, VIA K8T800 Pro);
  • ASUS P5AD2 Premium (LGA775, i925X Express);
  • Intel Desktop Board D925XECV2 (LGA775, i925XE Express).

Memory:

  • 1024MB DDR400 SDRAM (Corsair CMX512-3200XLPRO, 2 x 512MB, 2-2-2-10);
  • 1024MB DDR2-533 SDRAM (OCZ PC2 4300, 2 x 512MB, 4-4-4-8).

Graphics cards:

  • Sapphire RADEON X800 XT (AGP 8x);
  • Sapphire RADEON X800 XT (PCI-E x16);

Disk subsystem:

  • Maxtor MaXLine III 250GB (Serial ATA 150)

We performed our tests in Microsoft Windows XP SP2 with DirectX 9.0c installed. The test systems were set up for the maximum performance. Note that we increased the Cycle Time (Tras) timing to 10 for the Athlon 64, as our experience suggests that the memory controller of the Athlon 64 works more efficiently at this setting rather than with Cycle Time = 5 (the minimal possible value).

 
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