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Pentium 4 vs. Dual P3

Ronald Hanaki
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With all the excitement and controversy swirling over the dual processor capable Abit VP6 and the mixed reception of the newly released Pentium 4, Bert McComas of InQuest Market Research has considered whether or not two Pentium IIIs can outperform a single Pentium 4 when running professional and workstation applications under Windows 2000. From the comparison:

The Issues

  • The P4 is here, but it is not exactly jumping off the shelf at power users.
  • Athlon has come along very nicely, and must be taken seriously by any computing professional – particularly as AMD rounds out its offering with multi-processor solutions.
  • The P3 is powerful, inexpensive and more broadly supported than ever before. Dual P3 has proven to offer an advantage in many performance critical applications, and new low cost platform options are showing up everywhere.
  • Dual P4 platforms may not arrive until the middle of next year, and will be wrapped in an expensive Xeon brand name.

They also test with an Athlon 1.2GHz / AMD 760 platform and use a new version of Benchmark Studio from CSA Research (in addition to the benchmark, CSA Online has interesting articles posted). InQuest has written an informative read. The results? Let’s just say that this should whet your appetite for the Abit VP6. S-M-P. “People get ready, there’s a train a cometh / Picking up passengers, coast to coast / Faith is the key to open the doors and the borders / You don’t need no baggage, you just get on board.”

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