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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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SYSmark 2002

You saw the big stink made about SYSmark in our original AthlonXP vs. Pentium 4 test in February... Basically, one of the tests were flawed, which pretty much invalidated the entire score for most people. I wasn't about to apply a manufacturer-created patch to change the scores around. Rather than that, we will just use the brand new version of SYSmark which handily takes care of the whole mess, and at the same time updates all the software used in the benchmark!

First we'll do the Office Productivity scores. SYSmark 2002 tests Office Productivity performance in the following REAL applications:

  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Netscape Communicator 6.0
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred v.5
  • WinZip 8.0
  • McAfee VirusScan 5.13

Even in these not-so-intensive applications, the P4's are just continuously beating down on the poor AthlonXP.  AMD is probably wishing they could increase their clock speeds right about now.

SYSmark 2002 tests Internet Content Creation performance in the following REAL applications:

  • Adobe Photoshop┬« 6.01
  • Adobe Premiere┬« 6.0
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.1
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 4
  • Macromedia Flash 5.

With the Internet Content Creation tests, we are probably seeing some benefit from Intel's SSE2 instruction sets.

Here is the final score, to give you a nice overall picture of the performance in all the above applications.  It's pretty easy to see which system performs the best in real world applications...

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