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I wrote this a while, back so I am now publishing it on ciao but it is still fairly up to date. I spend a long time writing this. 1 hour:
After a simultaneous processor release early in 2002, both Intel and AMD are settling back into the standard pattern of trying to beat the other to the punch. Intel impressed us with the Pentium 4 Northwood, as well as jumping a full 200 MHz with the Pentium 4-2.2 GHz. AMD followed this up with their Athlon XP 2100+, which once again had the juice to slip by the fastest Intel had to offer. The last shot was fired by AMD, so naturally it should be Intel's chance to step up to the plate. And from first glance, Intel seems to be carrying a mighty big bat. With the release of the Pentium 4-2.4 GHz we're seeing yet another 200 MHz speed increase from Intel, which puts even more pressure on the Athlon XP. Compared to the AMD strategy of 66 MHz incremental releases, Intel continues to lay down the hammer 200 MHz at a time, and at some point the performance deadlock has to break. The Pentium 4-2.4 GHz is a standard Pentium
4 based on the Northwood core. This means a 400 MHz FSB (front-side bus), a 0.13-micron die, and 512K of L2 cache. The release of the 2.4 GHZ Pentium 4 does not herald the arrival of the 533- MHZ FSB nor any Intel platforms supporting any of the new DDR333 or PC1006 memory technologies. This new CPU is simply another rung on the performance ladder, following along with AMD's strategy of using a faster core to achieve this. The old IPC vs. clock speed argument has taken been around the block a few times, but quite simply both Intel and AMD are taking two different angles towards their new processors. Neither method is inherently right or wrong, just different. It should be noted that the Athlon XP can do more per clock with today's software, while the Pentium 4's IPC can change drastically depending on the presence of SSE2 enhancements. That said, there are few such SSE2 programs, but this does illustrate how each methodology has its own set of pros and cons. When comparing the performance of Pentium 4 processors, the choice of platforms is almost as important as the CPU itself. The i850/RDRAM system performed exceptionally and leaves little doubt that Intel now has the highest performing CPU/platform on the market. Where the Pentium 4-2.4 GHZ really impresses is in its ability to elevate the performance of the i845D as well, and surpass the nForce-powered Athlon XP 2100+ in the majority of benchmarks. This is where the real Intel victory comes, as Intel DDR performance systems have now become much more competitive. In real-world testing, the new Pentium 4-2.4 GHz is also a very impressive CPU. Regardless of where you sit in the IPC vs. Clock Speed argument, this is the fastest desktop processor you can buy. Gaming speed is top notch, both i850 and i845D platforms are rock solid and the Pentium 4 Northwood core contributes to high-end performance and a cooler-running system. To match this, AMD needs to get their Thoroughbred core out very soon, especially since Intel is increasing core speeds at an unprecedented rate. The top end of the Pentium 4 spectrum has always been a very expensive place to do your buying. The Pentium 4-2.4 GHz is certainly no exception, and with an estimated street price of $625-$650, this is not a purchase for everyone. Then again, compared to the $500 cost of a Pentium 4-2.2 GHz it may not be that hard to swallow, especially those with the available budget. The AMD Athlon is a better value from a processing viewpoint ($250 for an Athlon XP 2100+), but the Pentium 4 Northwood does have its pluses as well. With the release of the Pentium 4-2.4 GHz, we are starting to see where the real Intel strategy is heading. By continuing to push the clock speed envelope hard with each new release, the Pentium 4 is certainly putting the pressure on the Athlon XP. Not only does the Northwood run cooler than the Athlon XP, but it is now the fastest performing desktop processor as well. We'll be watching closely to see how AMD reacts, but for now at least, Intel has the fastest chip on the block. Pros:
512K Cache and 0.13-micron Fastest Desktop Processor Cool running Processor
Thankyou very much for reading my opinion on this superb cpu and have a very nice day sir/madame.
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