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Emulators.com: Pentium 4: In Depth

Jan 01, 2001, 00:42 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Darek Mihocka)

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"According to Gateway's web site, the Pentium 4 is "the most powerful processor available for your PC". Unfortunately for most computer users, it's simply not true."

"Despite a huge pavilion at COMDEX Las Vegas last month, Intel is almost mute when it comes to this "most powerful processor". Instead, Intel has been insulting the television viewer all through this Christmas shopping season with blue guy commercial pimping an almost 2 year old Pentium III processor instead of its new flagship processor. Why? Could there be... problems?..."

"As Tom's Hardware site documented last month, the Pentium 4 lost miserably against the AMD Athlon at MPEG4 video encoding. Only after Intel engineers personally modified the code did the Pentium 4 suddenly win the benchmarks. A side effect of this is that the benchmarks on the Athlon improved considerably as well, indicating that the code was very poorly written in the first place."

"However, this brings up the point again that Intel now expects software developers to completely rewrite their code in order to see performance gains on the Pentium 4. And we don't all have the luxury of having an Intel engineer showing up on our doorstep to re-write our code for us. With thousands of Windows applications out there, not to mention the growing number of Linux applications out for the PC, and sadly out of date compiler tools, does Intel seriously expect millions of computer code to be rewritten just for the Pentium 4?"

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