Intel PIII outperforms P4

The verdict is in: While Intel Corp.'s latest Pentium 4 offers superior multimedia performance, the Pentium III is still the best chip for business applications.

Analysts and hardware review sites gave their stamp of approval to the chip as a gaming microprocessor. But the 1.0-GHz Pentium III actually outperformed a 1.4-GHz Pentium 4 on common business applications, they found.

Furthermore, analysts said, few need a 1.4-GHz Pentium 4 -- or a 1.0-GHz Pentium III, for that matter -- to run a word processing program. Without a performance advantage, the Pentium 4 will likely be restricted to only the consumer market.

"It runs Office fast enough," said Dean McCarron, analyst with Mercury Research Corp., Scottsdale, Ariz. "And for a Quake head, yeah, [the Pentium 4] makes a lot of sense."

On a test system running id Software Inc.'s popular game, Quake 3, the 1.5-GHz Pentium 4 returned a frame rate of 168.7. A 1.0-GHz Pentium III, meanwhile, scored 121.4 fps -- a 39 percent improvement. Mercury tested the chip itself and posted the results on its consumer-oriented website.

Using the WinBench 2000 benchmark, which tracks performance under a business-class environment, the Pentium 4 chip only slightly edged the Pentium III using 3-D-oriented applications, Mercury found.

In 2-D applications, however, the older Pentium III outperformed the Pentium 4 by 28 percent, even though the newer Pentium 4 supposedly is a third faster on clock speed alone.

"For today's buyer, the Pentium 4 simply doesn't make sense," wrote Anand Lal Shimpi, a reviewer that runs the AnandTech website. "It's slower than the competition in just about every area; it's more expensive; it's using an interface that won't be the flagship interface in six to nine months; and it requires a considerable investment outside of the price of the CPU itself."

Shimpi and others pointed out that Pentium III is cheaper; a 1.0-GHz chip costs $465, after Intel's price cuts at the beginning of November. As previously reported, the Pentium 4 costs $819 and $644 for the 1.5-GHz and 1.4-GHz versions, respectively. OEMs must also buy more expensive Direct RDRAM memory, which at retail costs about $240 more than SDRAM for a 128-Mbyte module, analysts noted.

Still, the chip will appeal to some segments of the computing population.

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Intel PIII outperforms P4

Intel, the internet is so slow and the intel slogan "Making the Internet as powerful as our processors" well, it seems that you are doing fine, the internet is always slow so does your CPU's.I say my computer is powered by "The World's fastest processor" AMD ATHLON T-BIRD!!!!!

Intel PIII outperforms P4

Well INTEL GUYZ!You just have to go to tomshardware.comto see for yourselves how your nice P3 and P4 is outperformed by an athlon 1.2which is cheaper!for info:intel P3 1 ghz = 226.000 drachmas (greek currency)athlon 1.2 ghz = 120000 drachmasand it kick intels ass!if someone does not believe me he must go to see tomshardware.com for comparisons between cpus and everything!i know that i have more cpu power and NEW design (duron for example is ALL NEW DESIGN compared to the ageing celeron design) for much less and i will be VERY happier than the shitheads who pay more before they ckeck out what is actually going on!I dont have problem with intel,but i certainly will buy what is better for me.So if intel ships a chip cheaper and better than the current athlon i would prefer intel.ALL THESE ARE FACTS RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET GUYZ!!! JUST CHECK THE NET FOR INFO.

Intel PIII outperforms P4

Pentium 3 was the number one processor by intel, Athlon is the toilet of AMD. "Making the internet as fast as our processors" by Intel, Well you're in the right way, the internet is getting slower, so does your cpu's. Didn't you all realease? AMD is a 200Mhz based CPU and PIII? 133 MHZ? loloATHLON has 3 Math processors and PIII? one? eheheheheheAthlon has 3 information processors and PIII? 1? eheheheh.The truth is out there.ATHLON 4 EVER!

Intel PIII outperforms P4

AMD ATHLON 1.2 GHz outperforms P4....P4 is double the price of ATHLON ...so imagine the performance a twin-processor ATHLON PC for the price of a P4 PC...maybe pricewise Im exaggerating a bit ..but just a bit......excellent performance + good price = AMD Athlon ...a very true equation...more true than E=m*c ...too bad that Im stuck with a celery 433 that won't overclock.

Intel PIII outperforms P4

I only have time to criticize a few AMD lovers so here goes....----"AMD is a 200Mhz based CPU and PIII? 133 MHZ? lolo ATHLON has 3 Math processors and PIII? one? ehehehehehe Athlon has 3 information processors and PIII? 1? eheheheh"----All I have to say is that this guy is a complete moron. I dont even want to address his last 2 comments because I would be addressing an 8 year old. The 133/200 bus issue though is worth it. Performance between an 866 p3 overclocked to 975mhz with a 150bus vs a 1ghz amd with a 200bus puts the intel far ahead. The fact is the intel 133 bus is really better than AMD's 200 bus. AMD is just using the 200 bus as a marketing tactic.----"You just have to go to tomshardware.comto see for yourselves how your nice P3 and P4 is outperformed by an athlon 1.2which is cheaper!"----Tom recently updated his article which puts the p4 at TWICE the performance of the 1.2 Athlon. He now admits he made a mistake, or more correctly that the software was not nearly optimized for current processors.----From the article - "the price of 128mb of direct rdram is $246 more than that of SDRAM"----Wrong again, if you'll look at pricewatch.com you'll see that all sources of rdram have dropped to what is nearing $140 for 128 of RDRAM.----"Intel suxx!In a few years people will say:Who the hell is Intel Corp.????"----HAHAH. This was my laugh for the night. :-)As a final comment. I have seen a pre 64bit intel processor with a little bit of pre pre pre release 64 bit code like the code that will be released with the newest version of windows 2k codenamed whistler. The combination of 64bit Whistler and the Intel I-64 blows the living shit out of anything that the computer industry has ever seen.

Intel PIII outperforms P4

Intel used to many commercial to promote their products...That's why they suck. Amd is the gamers CPU and thats the bottom line. My K6 beats P3 level 1 cache and mine is not even an athlon for crying out loud.

Intel PIII outperforms P4

uh...wait a minute... the pIII gets spanked by both the thunderbird and duron . So in essence the pIII is trying to keep up with the thunderbird athlon. Well. let's see, the athlon has a more advanced FPU than the pIII. it's an alpha dec derivative. and anyone would damn well know that the alpha processors kick the crap outta intel processors. So the t bird useS a more advanced Risc architecture

Intel PIII outperforms P4

Jsut to let you know, the K6 is not the chip for gamers. The PIII out-performes the K6 chip's easily in gaming graphics and framerate wise etc. The PIII is a much better choice chip for "HARDCORE" gamers like myself. I have compared the two systems I have, being the same except for the chip and motherboard etc., and the PIII outperformes the K6-2 chip I have 100 to 1 on AOEII: The conquerers, Quake III, Unreal Tournament, etc etc etc. All online games run better with it, and non-online games, so I suggest you throw out your K6 chip or sell it on E-bay at an over priced rate like I am, hehe, thanks.

Intel PIII outperforms P4

Hmmm, PIII outperformes P IV???Doesnt anyone see that an AMD Thunderbird outperformes the PIII by 33% at times! I think that's more important right now; instead of comparing 2 chips of the same company...ohhh yeah, where's the tests on Linux???

Intel PIII outperforms P4

I completely agree with Adam. Most of the people over herejust say shit, nothing else. Myself I'm programming f**kin'games and it I usually test them on my friends Athlon 800Mhz(and I program them in P3 733Mhz). Even though I optimize thecode to fit in pri. cache and everything, Athlons acoumplishesthe task a lot slower, even though that guy got shitload ofRAM (512Mb) while I'm having only 256Mb. People, if you wantto argue about Intel vs AMD, then give true and informativefacts but if u can't prove anything u say - just shut the f**kup.

Intel PIII outperforms P4

I have the P3 1ghz and the AMD Thunderbird 1ghz and Im sorry to say that the AMD out performs the intel on ever aspect of every test I ran. I have run 3d programs and sandra sisoft and benchmarking tools all most everyone that is out there and I can only confirm that AMD KICKS A55 if you like intel and want to spend bookoo bucks for its name then by almeans go for it but if you want performace then go with AMD.

Intel PIII outperforms P4

Hey anonymous, who said anything about a K6-2?? in case you're that stupid, Athlon and Thunderbird are K7's, not K6's. I had a K6 once, and i did throw it out the window. I'm using Athlon 750's now with 128 meg ram, and it, without a doubt, out performs my friend's 1Ghz P4 with Voodoo5's in both computers. Intel is all about the name brand. AMD is definately the better processor in every way, performance, price and compatibility. Wait until people really start to realize the fact that AMD has better products, then you'll see their prices hit the roof too. Anyone who would waste their money on an Intel POS is a retard...

Intel PIII outperforms P4

Mr Din Morsa, you are stupid and retarded. You obviously don't know what is going on. Athlons are FASTER than Pentiums, so how the hell can they be coping?Oh yes, you said it yourself...If you are using a different chipset for the Althons than the Pentiums then HOW CAN THEY BE THE SAME?????MESSAGE TO ALL IN SEEK OF KNOWLEDGE:[url removed]

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