However, there is quite a bit of games where even the performance of Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4GHz is not enough for successful competition with AMD CPUs. The four diagrams above are all examples illustrating this point: Unreal Tournament 2003, Gun Metal, X2 – The Threat and Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness. Moreover, in three of these four games we see that Pentium 4 processors on the new Prescott core perform slower than Pentium 4 processors based on the older Northwood core. The only exception is Tomb Raider, where Prescott core manages to show its best.
As a result, we have to admit that Northwood core performs better in contemporary games than the new Prescott. In other words, now that the maximum working frequencies of Pentium 4 processors on Northwood and Prescott are the same, it makes more sense for gamers to decide the older Northwood, which stood successfully the test of time. Even though the new core boasts larger cache-memory and a number of other improvements, it performs slower in most cases because of the too long execution pipeline. However, if we also consider the offerings from AMD, it becomes absolutely clear that Athlon 64 processors will win the gamers’ hearts, because their price-to-performance ratio in 3D games is considerably more attractive today.
As for the new Pentium 4 extreme Edition 3.4GHz, it proves really worth the money you pay for it in a number of games. But at the same time, there is another group of games, where Athlon 64 3400+ and Athlon FX-51 defeat the new extreme processor completely. And I should say that this second group is not any smaller than the first one. Besides, if we take into account the price of this CPU, we will have no more doubts that Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4GHz positioned by Intel as a hardcore gaming solution, will hardly become a good choice even for this user-group.