The Register: Linux Quake3 rocks Win-XP Quake3 on new P4
Jan 18, 2002, 19:43 (25 Talkback[s])
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"The new Northwood 2.2gHz 0.13-micron P4, as I
mentioned earlier , seems made for Windows-XP. It's got special
chipset drivers; it's got an 'application accelerator'; it's got
Rambus working overtime.
For Linux it's got nothing special to offer -- no accelerators
or drivers. Just 2.2 in clock speed and a memory controller that
exploits RDRAM nicely, which is definitely nothing to sneeze at.
But it's got that on Windows as well.
So imagine my surprise when I benchmarked it with the only test
I know that crosses the great divide between Linux and Windows --
the Quake-3 FPS benchmark -- and found that the performance of this
Windows-loving kit was considerably better on Linux, at least in
The Register kicked off a series about the Pentium 4 under Linux
a few days ago with Our first look
at Intel's Northwood P4. Linux will play a prominent part in
their evaluation as these stories unfold.