I think the graph speaks for itself. The P4 wins by 7.5% in the Content Creation and 8.5% in the Business benchmarks. Not a big difference, but it is there. Will SYSmark 2000 give us the same results? It doesn’t always.
Interesting to see the results aren’t the same. Almost a tie (under 2% difference) for the overall score. P4 wins in the Content Creation by about 9% but the P3 wins in the Office test by about 4%. Why? I suspect it may have to do with the architecture of the two CPU’s and the way that Winstone and SYSmark work differently. Winstone has multiple programs running at the same time and SYSmark does not. Could it also be due to a different mix of applications in the two tests? Let’s look at the individual results for the SYSmark test, I think you’ll find them interesting.
I think the first line on the graph shows a good example of what the P4 can do (that’s a 64% advantage for the P4!). Given some of the features I know are going to be in Windows XP, it makes sense that Intel is pushing the two together. Looking at the graph I’d say Intel has kept the office performance acceptable while gaining on the multimedia applications. Just remember we are talking price vs. price, not MHz vs. MHz (or MHz vs. GHz in this case). We may also see this change as more and more applications are enhanced for the P4.
So far it appears that the i845 and its P4 1.5 are very close in performance to the i815 and a P3 800. In some cases the P3 is slightly faster than the P4 in traditional office applications, but the P4 does seem to excel at newer multimedia tasks.
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