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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [05.08.02]
Manufactured by: Intel
Prices (per 1000 units):
P4 2.40B - $562
P4 2.53B - $637
P4 2.26B - $423

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PCMark 2002

PCMark 2002 is an excellent benchmark that spits out a nice quick, easy to contrast number.  It gives you 3 results, based on different parts of the system - a CPU score, a Memory score, and a Hard Drive score.  PCM2K2 works very well in the first 2 tests, but I have seen some really wonky HDD scores.  HDD scores are irrelevant to our needs right now anyway, so we just leave them out.

This is the first time you'll see a 6000+ score on a stock system - awesome! Poor Athlon simply doesn't stand a chance against a P4 when RDRAM is used... I am quickly becoming a fan of this platform!


ScienceMark is just another highly intensive CPU benchmarking application that I won't even begin to try to understand. I have no interest in finding the total energy of a water molecule using quantum Monte Carlo, but it does make for an excellent stressful benchmark!

In this test, the AthlonXP gets an advantage with custom code, apparently using some advanced features of the CPU.  I hope we see a version of ScienceMark that makes use of the P4's Streaming SIMD instructions, because I have seen that code really put benchmarks over the edge in the past.


KribiBench is a brand new 3D Rendering CPU benchmark that was just released last week.  It uses Adept Development's Kribi Renderer to make passes on 3D models of varying complexities.  It is a 100% software renderer, which makes it an excellent CPU benchmark.

We used two scenes - office.d with 42.015K Polys and jetfog.d with 16.112K polys.  It's pretty easy to see that the P4 easily handles the AthlonXP 2100+ in this test, and the jump from 2.4 to 2.53 GHz gives a nice increase in rendering frame rate.

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