Massive Attack: Performance Tests of 14 Processors Priced at $200+. Page 9
[02/01/2004 12:02 PM | CPU]
by Ilya Gavrichenkov
We tested 14 processors priced starting at $200 and up. In our huge test session took part the following solutions: AMD Athlon 64 3400+, 3200+, 3000+; AMD Athlon 64 FX-51; AMD Athlon XP 3200+, 3000+; Intel Pentium 4 3.4, 3.2, 3.0 (Northwood core); Intel Pentium 4 3.4E, 3.2E, 3.0E (Prescott core); Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4, 3.2. You can’t miss this!
Performance in Audio and Video Content Encoding Applications
Since NetBurst architecture is very efficient for streaming data processing, Pentium 4 processors feel at home in audio and video content encoding applications. However, Prescott puzzled us here: Pentium 4 processors on the new core somehow fall far behind their predecessors on Northwood core everywhere except data encoding with DivX codec. So, I believe that the new SSE3 instructions, which should soon appear in video and audio codecs, will only help Prescott to catch up with their Northwood based fellows, but will hardly provide them with any advantage in this type of tasks.
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