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1 Intel Pentium 4 Processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel 925XE Express Chipset November 2004

2 Information in this document is provided in connection with Intel products. No license, express or implied, by estoppel or otherwise, to any intellectual property rights is granted by this document. Except as provided in Intel s Terms and Conditions of Sale for such products, Intel assumes no liability whatsoever, and Intel disclaims any express or implied warranty, relating to sale and/or use of Intel products including liability or warranties relating to fitness for a particular purpose, merchantability, or infringement of any patent, copyright or other intellectual property right. Intel products are not intended for use in medical, life saving, or life sustaining applications. Intel may make changes to specifications and product descriptions at any time, without notice. The Intel Pentium 4 processor may contain design defects or errors known as errata. Current characterized errata are available on request. Look for systems with the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology logo which your system vendor has verified utilize Hyper-Threading Technology. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. See for information. Look for systems with the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology logo and also including an Intel 925XE, 925X or 915 Express Chipset (see the product spec sheet or ask your salesperson). Performance and functionality will vary depending on (i) the specific hardware and software you use and (ii) the feature enabling/system configuration by your system vendor. See for information on HT Technology or consult your system vendor for more information. Hyper-Threading Technology requires a computer system with an Intel Pentium 4 processor supporting HT Technology and an HT Technology enabled chipset, BIOS and operating system. Performance will vary depending on the specific hardware and software you use. See for more information including details on which processors support HT Technology. Contact your local Intel sales office or your distributor to obtain the latest specifications and before placing your product order. Copies of documents which have an order number and are referenced in this document, or other Intel literature, may be obtained by calling , or by visiting Intel's website at SPECint* and SPECfp* benchmark tests reflect the performance of the microprocessor, memory architecture and compiler of a computer system on compute-intensive, 32-bit applications. SPEC benchmark tests results for Intel microprocessors are determined using particular, well-configured systems. These results may or may not reflect the relative performance of Intel microprocessor in systems with different hardware or software designs or configurations (including compilers). Buyers should consult other sources of information, including system benchmarks, to evaluate the performance of systems they are considering purchasing. For more information about SPEC, including a description of the systems used to obtain these test result, and other information about microprocessor and system performance and benchmarks, visit Intel's World Wide Web site at or call Intel, Pentium, MMX and NetBurst are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. * Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others. 2

3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: THE INTEL PENTIUM 4 PROCESSOR AND INTEL 925XE EXPRESS CHIPSET The Intel Pentium 4 Processor is Intel s most advanced and powerful processor for desktop PCs, offering several innovative features for maximum performance, productivity, and manageability, and is based on the Intel NetBurst micro-architecture. The Pentium 4 processor is designed to deliver performance across applications and usage models where PC users can truly appreciate and experience performance. For example, these applications include Internet audio and video streaming, digital image processing, digital video content creation, speech recognition, 3D graphics, CAD, multimedia, and multi-tasking user environments. The Intel Pentium 4 processor delivers world-class performance for consumer enthusiasts, business professionals, as well as for entry-level workstation users. With all the performance needed to maximize both current and future Web technologies, as well as being designed to maximize investment protection, Pentium 4 processors will continue to deliver world-class performance for PC users well into the future. The Intel Pentium 4 processor 1.30 GHz, 1.40 GHz, 1.50 GHz, 1.60 GHz, 1.60A GHz, 1.70 GHz, 1.70A GHz, 1.80 GHz, 1.80A GHz, 1.90 GHz, 1.90A GHz, 2 GHz, 2A GHz, 2.20 GHz, 2.26 GHz, 2.40 GHz, 2.40B GHz, 2.50 GHz, 2.53 GHz, 2.60 GHz, 2.66 GHz, 2.80 GHz, 2.80A GHz, the Intel Pentium 4 processor 2.40C GHz, 2.60C GHz, 2.80C GHz, 2.80E GHz, 3 GHz, 3E GHz, 3.06 GHz, 3.20 GHz, 3.20E GHz, 3.40 GHz and 3.40E GHz supporting Hyper-Threading Technology and the Intel Pentium 4 processor 520, 530, 540, 550, 560 and 570J supporting Hyper-Threading Technology enable high performance through the innovative Intel NetBurst micro-architecture including Hyper Pipelined Technology. 800 MHz, 533 MHz and 400 MHz System Bus speed (complemented by the corresponding bandwidth supported by the respective chipset families), Execution Trace Cache, and Rapid Execution Engine in addition to a number of enhanced features including the Advanced Transfer Cache, Advanced Dynamic Execution, Enhanced Floating-point and Multimedia units, and Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 available on Intel Pentium 4 Processors with HT Technology 2.80A and later) which provide a powerful combination to meet the higher performance and data bandwidth needs for today s and tomorrow s computing environment. The Intel Pentium 4 processor provides awesome performance for the Visual Internet and is fully compatible with existing Intel Architecture-based software. The Pentium 4 processor takes desktop performance into the future by offering performance headroom designed to maximize the life of your PC investment. Software designed for the Pentium 4 processor unleashes its full multimedia capabilities, including full-screen and full-motion video, realistic graphics, and an enhanced, exciting Internet experience. When a Pentium 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology is used in conjunction with the Intel 925XE Express chipset, the resulting platform provides great performance for today s software and performance headroom for tomorrow s emerging software. With smoother audio and video, faster and more realistic 3D, and great responsiveness for Internet applications, the Pentium 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology combined with the Intel 925XE Express chipset provides excellent performance for today s and tomorrow s performance desktops. The Intel 925XE Express Chipset supports 1066 MHz front side bus, DDR2 533 memory at timings and enhanced memory pipelining architecture to deliver exceptional performance for highend gamers and multi media creators. 3

4 This highly scalable performance solution meets the most demanding computing needs. The Intel 925XE Express chipset utilizes high bandwidth interfaces such as support for dual channel DDR2 533 MHz at CL3-3-3 timing main memory, together with a 1066-MHz system bus, Performance PCI Express Graphics and I/O architecture, HD Audio, four Serial ATA ports and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity, to ensure optimal performance. Modern desktop systems are used to run a broad range of software applications. Multimedia, 3D, and Internet application use has increased sharply over the past few years, and this trend is anticipated to continue in the future. For this reason, a wide range of benchmarks should be used to evaluate processor and system performance. PC users and buyers should consider all of the Pillars of Performance: Industry Standard Benchmarks, Single Applications, and Business/Consumer Multitasking. The Pentium 4 processor offers great performance for today s and tomorrow s applications developed for the Intel architecture, as well as the quality, reliability, and compatibility you have come to expect from the world s leading microprocessor company. This performance brief reviews the Pentium 4 processor, explains the technologies that make it work, examines the purpose and methods behind the industry s most useful benchmarks, and shows how the Pentium 4 processor currently performs on each of the respective benchmarks. As new benchmarks are introduced, this performance brief will be updated as appropriate. 4

5 CONTENTS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: THE INTEL PENTIUM 4 PROCESSOR AND INTEL 925XE EXPRESS CHIPSET...3 INTRODUCTION...7 PILLARS OF PERFORMANCE...8 Industry Standard Benchmarks... 8 Single Applications... 8 Business/Consumer Multitasking... 8 Evolving and Future Usage Models... 9 THE INTEL PENTIUM 4 PROCESSOR...10 INTEL PENTIUM 4 PROCESSOR PRODUCT FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS...11 INTEL 925XE EXPRESS CHIPSET PRODUCT FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS...14 PERFORMANCE SUMMARY...16 Industry Standard Benchmarks...16 Productivity Performance: SYSmark* Platform and CPU Performance: PCMark* Internet Experience: WebMark* Compute Intensive Performance: SPEC* CPU Gaming Performance: 3DMark*05 CPU Test Single Applications D Rendering Performance: Discreet* 3ds max* Audio Performance: MAGIX* mp3 maker* 2004 diamond Digital Video Performance: MainConcept MPEG Encoder* Digital Video Performance: Microsoft* Windows Media* Encoder 9 Series Digital Video Performance: Microsoft* Windows* Movie Maker Digital Video Performance: XMPEG* 5.03 with DivX* Codec Imaging Performance: Adobe* Photoshop* CS Video Production Performance: Adobe* After Effects* Business Multitasking Publish and Protect Simultaneously: McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* Word* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat* Content Creation and Client Security: McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Adobe* Photoshop* CS. 36 Document Creation and Virus Scanning: McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* PowerPoint* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat* Consumer Multitasking Digital Media: MAGIX* mp3 maker* 2004 diamond with Pegasys TMPGEnc Plus SUMMARY...41 APPENDIX A TEST CONFIGURATIONS

6 FIGURES TABLES Figure 1. The Pillars of Performance... 8 Figure 2. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SYSmark* Overall Score Figure 3. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SYSmark Internet Content Creation 18 Figure 4. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SYSmark 2004 Office Productivity Figure 5. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on PCMark*04 Overall Score Figure 6. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on PCMark*04 CPU Performance Test Figure 7. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on WebMark* 2004 Offline Mode Figure 8. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SPECfp*_base Figure 9. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SPECint*_base Figure 10. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on 3DMark*05 CPU Test Figure 11. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Discreet* 3ds max* Figure 12. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on MAGIX* mp3 maker* 2004 diamond Figure 13. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on MainConcept MPEG Encoder* Figure 14. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Microsoft* Windows Media* Encoder 9 Series Figure 15. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Microsoft* Windows* Movie Maker Figure 16. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on XMPEG* 5.03 with DivX* Codec Figure 17. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Adobe* Photoshop* CS Figure 18. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Adobe* After Effects* Figure 19. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* Word* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat* Figure 20. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Adobe* Photoshop* CS Figure 21. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* PowerPoint* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat* Figure 22. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on MAGIX* mp3 maker* 2004 diamond with Pegasys TMPGEnc Plus Table 1. Performance Results Industry Standard Benchmarks Table 2. Performance Results Single Applications Table 3. Performance Results Business Multitasking Table 4. Performance Results Consumer Multitasking Table 5. System Configuration Used in Performance Tests Table 6. System Configuration Used in Performance Tests Table 7. System Configuration Used in Performance Tests

7 INTRODUCTION The Pentium 4 processor is Intel s most advanced and powerful processor for desktop PCs and is designed to deliver performance across applications and usage models where PC users can truly appreciate and experience performance. The Pentium 4 processor delivers world-class performance for consumer enthusiasts, business professionals, as well as for entry-level workstation users. With all the performance needed to maximize both current and future Web technologies, as well as being designed to maximize investment protection, Pentium 4 processors will continue to deliver worldclass performance for PC users well into the future. The Intel 925XE Express chipset was designed to support the Intel Pentium 4 Processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology, adding intelligence to help manage and prioritize multiple threads received from the microprocessor. This highly scalable performance solution meets the most demanding computing needs. The Intel 925XE Express chipset includes support for high bandwidth interfaces such as support for dual channel DDR2-533 main memory, together with a 1066-MHz system bus, PCI Express Graphics and I/O architecture, HD Audio, four Serial ATA ports and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity, to ensure optimal performance. This brief provides performance results for the following Intel Pentium 4 processors running a variety of benchmarks and software application: Pentium 4 processor 2A GHz Pentium 4 processor 2.40B GHz Pentium 4 processor 2.40C GHz supporting Hyper-Threading Technology Pentium 4 processor 530 supporting Hyper-Threading Technology Pentium 4 processor 560 supporting Hyper-Threading Technology Pentium 4 processor 570J supporting Hyper-Threading Technology This report provides benchmark results for the Intel Pentium 4 processor family. When evaluating the performance of a microprocessor or system, it is important to obtain the complete performance picture. A processor and system should deliver the highest performance across the Pillars of Performance: Industry Standard Benchmarks, Single Applications, and Business/Consumer Multitasking. Intel is committed to using the most robust and relevant benchmarks in characterizing the performance of its products, and will adapt this mix over time as newer benchmarks are introduced into the PC market. System performance does not depend on the microprocessor alone. Hardware and software system components such as the operating system, the graphics and I/O subsystems, application software, and memory may significantly affect benchmark results. For this reason, this performance brief illustrates Pentium 4 processor performance on a consistent system configuration. Details of the system configuration used for the benchmarks throughout this brief can be found in Appendix A. 7

8 PILLARS OF PERFORMANCE The performance benefits that the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology provides are best described using a suite of test known as the Pillars of Performance. The Pillars of Performance represent the ecosystem of benefits that the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology provides to business, consumer and performance enthusiasts. Whether it is the Industry Standard Benchmarks, leading edge Single Applications or Business and Consumer Multitasking Scenarios, the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology delivers Immediate Performance, Better Responsiveness and the Power for the Next Generation. Figure 1. The Pillars of Performance Industry Standard Benchmarks The performance delivered on the industry standard benchmarks represents the capability of the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology. Since no single benchmark adequately describes the performance of your PC, a variety of performance metrics that tax the various areas of the PC should be used. In every case, from productivity to gaming, the Intel Pentium 4 processor family delivers great performance and value for business, consumer and performance enthusiasts. Single Applications The pillar of Single Application performance consists of leading edge software applications that represent usage models employed by home and office users. For business content creation users, the performance on leading edge 3D rendering applications is highlighted as well as the performance on business essentials such as image modification and enhancement. For the home user the performance on digital media is showcased by audio and digital video encoding. Whether you use the PC for home or office the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology delivers strong responsiveness and immediate performance benefits. Business/Consumer Multitasking 8

9 The pillars of Business and Consumer multitasking represent scenarios where the PC is being tasked to do multiple activities at one time, which end-users now do regularly. On an Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology based PC the home user will experience enhanced multitasking while running multiple usage models concurrently such as simultaneous digital and audio encoding, gaming while audio encoding and flawless media encoding and playback. The business user will experience great performance on background and foreground computing activities involving data compression and virus scanning allowing business to publish documents while protecting their computing environment. Whether you use the PC for home or office the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology delivers improved responsiveness, immediate performance benefits and power for the next generation. Evolving and Future Usage Models Usage models evolve as a direct response to the development of new technologies and the need to evaluate them objectively. As hardware and software technologies evolve, usage models must also evolve to capture new capabilities accurately. The Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology represents a major step in the advancement of computing performance. Currently available benchmarks show considerable gains across the Pillars of Performance. As existing benchmarks are updated to support the new capabilities, and as new benchmarks are introduced, Intel will update this performance brief as appropriate. 9

10 THE INTEL PENTIUM 4 PROCESSOR The Intel Pentium 4 processor, Intel s most advanced, most powerful processor, is based on Intel NetBurst micro-architecture. The Pentium 4 processor is designed to deliver performance across applications and usages where end users can truly appreciate and experience the performance. These applications include Internet audio and streaming video, image processing, video content creation, speech, 3D, CAD, games, multimedia, and multi-tasking user environments. The Intel Pentium 4 processor delivers this world-class performance for consumer enthusiast and business professional desktop users as well as for entry-level workstation users. Highlights of the Pentium 4 processor: Speeds ranging from 1.30 to 3.80 GHz Featuring Intel NetBurst micro-architecture Supported by the Intel 925, Intel 915, Intel 875, Intel 865, Intel 850 and Intel 845 chipset families Fully compatible with existing Intel Architecture-based software Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 (Available on Intel Pentium 4 Processors with HT Technology 2.80A and later) Intel MMX media enhancement technology Memory cacheability up to 4 GB of addressable memory space and system memory scalability up to 64 GB of physical memory Support for uni-processor designs Based upon Intel s 90nm technology, 0.13 micron and 0.18 micron manufacturing processes Support for Hyper-Threading Technology on Intel Pentium 4 processors 2.40C GHz, 2.60C GHz, 2.80C GHz, 2.80E GHz, 3 GHz, 3E GHz, 3.06 GHz, 3.20 GHz, 3.20E GHz, 3.40 GHz, 3.40 GHz, 3.40E GHz and Intel Pentium 4 processors 520, 530, 540, 550, 560 and 570J. 10

11 INTEL PENTIUM 4 PROCESSOR PRODUCT FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS The Intel NetBurst micro-architecture delivers a number of innovative features including Hyper Pipelined Technology, 800 MHz, 533 MHz and 400 MHz System Bus (complemented by the corresponding bandwidth supported by the respective chipset families), Execution Trace Cache, and Rapid Execution Engine as well as a number of enhanced features: Advanced Transfer Cache, Advanced Dynamic Execution, Enhanced Floating-point and Multimedia Unit, and Streaming SIMD Extensions 2. Many of these innovations and advances were made possible with improvements in processor technology, process technology, and circuit design that could not previously be implemented in high-volume, manufacturable solutions. The features and resulting benefits of the Intel NetBurst micro-architecture are defined below. Hyper-Threading Technology This ground breaking innovation changes the landscape of processor design by going beyond GHz to improve processor performance. It allows software to see two logical processors even though there is only one processor physically in place. This new technology enables the processor to execute two series, or threads, of instructions at the same time, thereby improving performance and system responsiveness. The Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology is specially designed to deliver immediate increases on performance and system responsiveness with many stand-alone applications today and with existing applications in multitasking environments (i.e. where two or more things are running at the same time). It offers excellent performance in 3D, multimedia, audio, imaging, streaming video, Internet, e-business, collaborative productivity environments, and web services applications. Furthermore, the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology provides performance headroom for the future. Hyper Pipelined Technology: The hyper-pipelined technology of the Intel NetBurst micro-architecture doubles the pipeline depth compared to the P6 micro-architecture used on today s Pentium III processors. One of the key pipelines, the branch prediction / recovery pipeline, is implemented in 20 stages in the Intel NetBurst micro-architecture, compared to 10 stages in the P6 micro-architecture. This technology significantly increases the performance, frequency, and scalability of the processor. 800 MHz, 533 MHz and 400 MHz System Bus: The Pentium 4 processor supports Intel s highest performance desktop system bus by delivering 6.4 GB, 4.2 GB and 3.2 GB, of data per second into and out of the processor. This is accomplished through a physical signaling scheme of quad pumping the data transfers over a 100-MHz clocked system bus and a buffering scheme allowing for sustained 400-MHz data transfers. This compares to 1.06 GB/s delivered on the Pentium III processor s 133-MHz system bus. Level 1 Execution Trace Cache: In addition to the 8KB data cache, the Pentium 4 processor includes an Execution Trace Cache that stores up to 12K decoded micro-ops in the order of program execution. This increases performance by removing the decoder from the main execution loop and makes more efficient usage of the cache storage space since instructions that are branched around are not stored. The result is a means to deliver a high volume of instructions to the processor s execution units and a reduction in the overall time required to recover from branches that have been mis-predicted. 11

12 Rapid Execution Engine: Two Arithmetic Logic Units (ALUs) on the Pentium 4 processor are clocked at twice the core processor frequency. This allows basic integer instructions such as Add, Subtract, Logical AND, Logical OR, etc. to execute in half a clock cycle. For example, the Rapid Execution Engine on a 1.50 GHz Pentium 4 processor runs at 3 GHz. 256KB, 512KB or 1MB Level 2 Advanced Transfer Cache: The Level 2 Advanced Transfer Cache (ATC) is either 256KB, 512KB or 1MB in size and delivers a much higher data throughput channel between the Level 2 cache and the processor core. The Advanced Transfer Cache consists of a 256-bit (32-byte) interface that transfers data on each core clock. As a result, the Pentium 4 processor 1.50 GHz can deliver a data transfer rate of 48 GB/s. This compares to a transfer rate of 16 GB/s on the Pentium III processor at 1 GHz. Features of the ATC include: Non-Blocking, full speed, on-die Level 2 cache 8-way set associative 256-bit data bus to the level 2 cache Data clocked into and out of the cache every clock cycle 256KB Level 2 ATC found on the Intel Pentium 4 processor 1.30 GHz, 1.40 GHz, 1.50 GHz, 1.60 GHz, 1.70 GHz, 1.80 GHz, 1.90 GHz, and 2 GHz 512KB Level 2 ATC found on the Intel Pentium 4 processor 1.60A GHz, 1.70A GHz, 1.80A GHz, 2A GHz, 2.20 GHz, 2.26 GHz, 2.40 GHz, 2.40B GHz, 2.40C GHz, 2.50 GHz, 2.53 GHz, 2.60 GHz, 2.60C GHz, 2.66 GHz, 2.80 GHz, 2.80C GHz, 3 GHz, 3.06 GHz, 3.20 GHz and 3.40 GHz 1MB Level 2 ATC found on the Intel Pentium 4 processor 2.80A GHz, 2.80E GHz, 3E GHz, 3.20E GHz, 3.40E GHz and the Intel Pentium 4 processor 520, 530, 540, 550, 560 and 570J. Advanced Dynamic Execution: The Advanced Dynamic Execution engine is a very deep, out-of-order speculative execution engine that keeps the execution units executing instructions. The Pentium 4 processor can also view 126 instructions in flight and handle up to 48 loads and 24 stores in the pipeline. It also includes an enhanced branch prediction algorithm that has the net effect of reducing the number of branch mis-predictions by about 33% over the P6 generation processor s branch prediction capability. It does this by implementing a 4KB branch target buffer that stores more detail on the history of past branches, as well as by implementing a more advanced branch prediction algorithm. Enhanced Floating-Point and Multimedia Unit: The Pentium 4 processor expands the floating-point registers to a full 128-bit and adds an additional register for data movement which improves performance on both floatingpoint and multimedia applications. Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 (SSE2): The Intel NetBurst micro-architecture extended the SIMD capabilities that Intel MMX technology and SSE technology delivered by adding 144 instructions. These instructions include 128-bit SIMD integer arithmetic and 128-bit SIMD doubleprecision floating-point operations. These instructions reduce the overall number of instructions required to execute a particular program task and as a result can contribute to an overall performance increase. They accelerate a broad range of applications, including video, speech, and image, photo processing, encryption, financial, engineering and scientific applications. Streaming SIMD Extensions 3 (SSE3): 12

13 Offers 13 new instructions that accelerate performance of Streaming SIMD Extensions technology, Streaming SIMD Extensions 2 technology and x87-fp math capabilities. These instructions are designed to improve thread synchronization and specific application areas such as video. Features Used for Test and Performance / Thermal Monitoring: Built-in Self Test (BIST) provides single stuck-at fault coverage of the microcode and large logic arrays, as well as testing of the instruction cache, data cache, Translation Lookaside Buffers (TLBs), and ROMs. IEEE Standard Test Access Port and Boundary Scan mechanism enables testing of the Pentium 4 processor and system connections through a standard interface. Internal performance counters can be used for performance monitoring and event counting. Includes a Thermal Monitor feature that allows motherboards to be cost effectively designed to expected application power usages rather than theoretical maximums. 13

14 INTEL 925XE EXPRESS CHIPSET PRODUCT FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS The Intel 925XE Express chipset was designed to support the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology and Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology, adding intelligence to help manage and prioritize multiple threads received from the microprocessor. This highly scalable performance solution meets the most demanding computing needs. The Intel 925XE Express chipset supports high bandwidth interfaces such as support for dual channel DDR2-533 at CL3-3-3 memory, together with an 1066-MHz system bus, PCI Express* Graphics and I/O architecture, Intel HD Audio, four Serial ATA ports and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity to ensure optimal performance. Intel 925XE Express Chipset delivers additional system level performance by optimizing memory access between the processor and system memory for platforms configured with 1066 FSB and DDR2-533 at CL3-3-3 memory. At launch the Intel 925XE Express chipset is the highest performance, discrete graphics chipset for the Pentium 4 processor, and was developed with dual channel DDR2-533 at CL3-3-3 timing in mind. In adding DDR2-533 at CL3-3-3 timing memory support, Intel worked closely with the industry to update memory specifications and validate compliance to enable outstanding performance and interoperability. The Intel 925XE Express chipset consists of two controller hubs: The Intel 82925XE MCH and 82801FB and FR. The Intel 82925XE MCH Express Memory Controller Hub (MCH) adds intelligence to help manage and prioritize multiple threads received from the processor and supports 1066MHz system bus designs; DDR2-533 at CL3-3-3 timing in addition to running DDR2 533MHz at timings and DDR2 400MHz at timings; and the latest graphics devices through the PCI Express* X16 interface. The 82801FB and FR I/O Controller Hub (ICH6) integrates four Serial ATA controllers providing 150MB/s transfers each, for the most demanding storage data transfers, as well as, supports Intel Matrix RAID Technology. Also, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports for ubiquitous end-user connections, backwards compatibility with existing USB 1.1 peripherals, offering ease-of-use and greater bandwidth for I/O-intensive applications. The ICH6 also supports full surround sound audio with Intel High Definition Audio for consumers. The Intel 925XE Express chipset utilizes these features to deliver a compelling solution for both corporate and consumer market segments: Intel 925XE Express Chipset is the highest performing chipset in Intel s desktop product line today and works with the Intel Pentium 4 Processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology (HT) and Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading Technology 1066 MHz FSB enables support for the highest performing Pentium 4 processors The Intel 925XE Express Chipset adds support for DDR2 533MHz memory with timings, in addition to running DDR2 533MHz with timings and DDR2 400MHz at timings., providing up to 8.53 GB/s memory bandwidth, in configurations up to a maximum of 4 GB of Random Access Memory (RAM). 14

15 PCI Express Architecture delivers over a 3.5x increase in graphics and I/O bandwidth for smooth multimedia performance. PCI Express X16 graphics support for an advanced graphics experience Intel High Definition Audio (Intel HD Audio) technology, featuring eight independent DMA audio engines that support multiple simultaneous and separate audio input and output streams Intel Matrix Storage Technology boosts Enhanced RAID support and allows critical data to be stored on one array that is designed for high reliability, while performance intensive applications like games can reside on separate array designed for maximum performance 15

16 PERFORMANCE SUMMARY When evaluating the performance of a microprocessor or system, it is important to obtain the complete performance picture. A processor and system should deliver high performance across the Pillars of Performance: Industry Standard Benchmarks, Single Applications, and Business/Consumer Multitasking. Industry Standard Benchmarks The performance delivered on the industry standard benchmarks represents the foundation of the Intel Pentium 4 processor s capability. Since no single benchmark adequately describes the performance of your PC, a variety of performance metrics that tax the various areas of the PC should be used. In every case, from productivity to gaming, the Intel Pentium 4 processor family delivers great performance and value for business, consumer and performance enthusiasts. 16

17 Productivity Performance: SYSmark* 2004 SYSmark* 2004 is BAPCo's latest version of the mainstream office productivity and Internet content creation benchmark used to characterize the performance of a business client PC. The SYSmark 2004 white paper published by BAPCo describes the Office Productivity workload as reflecting a day in the life of a modern office worker who does multitasking with actions like file compression, database queries, virus scan and a speech to text translation in the background while creating productivity documents in the foreground. The white paper describes the Internet Content Creation workload as reflecting a day in the life of a modern content creator developing a product related website targeting a broadband and narrowband audience. The Internet Content Creation workload includes a multitasking scenario where video encoding and 3D rendering applications run concurrently with other web page content creation activities. Figure 2. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SYSmark* 2004 Overall Score 17

18 Figure 3. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SYSmark* 2004 Internet Content Creation 18

19 Figure 4. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SYSmark* 2004 Office Productivity 19

20 Platform and CPU Performance: PCMark*04 PCMark*04 is the latest version of the popular PCMark benchmark series from FutureMark Corporation. According to FutureMark, PCMark04 measures component and system level performance with a usage profile targeting typical home usage. PCMark04 runs a series of test suites that measure the overall system performance as well as the CPU, memory, graphics and hard disk drive. The CPU test suite is a subset of the test suites included in the overall system score and consists of tests that measure the performance of the CPU. Figure 5. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on PCMark*04 Overall Score 20

21 Figure 6. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on PCMark*04 CPU Performance Test 21

22 Internet Experience: WebMark* 2004 WebMark* 2004 is BAPCo s latest version of the popular Internet Client benchmark based on the latest web technologies and internet usage models that measures and enables comparison of PC performance based upon Information Processing and Commercial Transactions. Featuring two modes of operation, the Offline mode enables users to measure the Internet client performance of a PC using content stored locally while the On-line mode requires an additional server to host test content. Figure 7. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on WebMark* 2004 Offline Mode 22

23 Compute Intensive Performance: SPEC* CPU2000 The SPEC CPU2000 benchmark suite measures component level performance on compute-intensive integer and floating-point workloads. SPEC CPU2000 consists of benchmarks that measure the performance of the computer's processor, memory architecture, and compiler. Figure 8. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SPECfp*_base

24 Figure 9. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on SPECint*_base

25 Gaming Performance: 3DMark*05 CPU Test The FutureMark 3DMark*05 benchmark is the latest version of the 3DMark series. 3DMark05 combines the latest DirectX* 9.0 support with unique and updated tests and graphics. The 3DMark05 CPU test measures the contribution of the processor on 3D gaming performance.. 3DMark05 results are not displayed for the Intel Pentium III Processor based system and the Intel Pentium 4 Processor using Intel 850E chipset based system because the graphics subsystem on these two configurations lacks support for DirectX* 9 features required by the benchmark. Figure 10. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on 3DMark*05 CPU Test 25

26 Single Applications The pillar of Single Application performance consists of leading edge software applications that represent usage models employed by home and office users. For business content creation users, the performance on leading edge 3D rendering applications is highlighted as well as the performance on business essentials such as image modification and enhancement. For the home user the performance on digital media is showcased by audio and digital video encoding. Whether you use the PC for home or office the Intel Pentium 4 processor family delivers responsiveness and immediate performance benefits. 3D Rendering Performance: Discreet* 3ds max* 6 Technology advances from Intel and from software vendors bring unprecedented imaging capabilities to the desktop PC. Artists, designers and technicians working with electronic media now have more tools at their disposal, and can render their creations more quickly than ever before. As imaging capabilities advance, 3D rendering has extended from game development and video production into the areas of industrial design, architecture blueprints, medical imaging and more. Discreet 3ds max is a multithreaded graphics animation package used to create 3D media for television, film, print, web, games and other media. Because 3ds max is a multithreaded application; a PC using the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology can execute multiple threads concurrently, improving Content Creation productivity and increasing system responsiveness. Figure 11. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Discreet* 3ds max* 6 26

27 Audio Performance: MAGIX* mp3 maker* 2004 diamond Enjoying music is one of many popular uses of the internet today. The MP3 file format is one of the more commonly used file formats used to share music since it enables high-fidelity sound with a relatively small file size. The encoding process is a very processor intensive step in creating an MP3 file. It involves conversion from a.wav file format to an.mp3 file format and there are software applications available today that help make this process easy. MAGIX mp3 maker is an application that lets a user create MP3 files from the.wav format. Use the power of your PC based on the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology to quickly convert audio files to MP3 Quickly create and edit your own music more than ever before Easily move your audio files to portable devices, send to friends/family, and other PC's within the home Figure 12. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on MAGIX* mp3 maker* 2004 diamond 27

28 Digital Video Performance: MainConcept MPEG Encoder* Whether you're a parent filming your son's football game or you're an amateur film maker creating your latest feature; digital video has become the medium to enjoy your creativity. Unfortunately, DV camcorders record in DV-AVI format causing your video to take up a lot of space when you download it to your hard drive. MainConcept MPEG Encoder* was developed to easily convert those large AVI files into more manageable MPEG formats for high quality but easy sharing. Whether it is your creation or a downloaded clip from the web, MPEG Encoder 1.4 helps you easily store and even prepare your videos for writing to DVD. MainConcept MPEG Encoder is optimized for the Intel Pentium 4 processor and benefits from Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology. As a result, Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology can increase productivity and enhance system responsiveness. Figure 13. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on MainConcept MPEG Encoder*

29 Digital Video Performance: Microsoft* Windows Media* Encoder 9 Series With today s high speed connections to the internet, video downloads have become increasingly popular. Sharing home videos has also become widely adopted as well. Unfortunately, DV camcorders record in DV-AVI format causing your video to take up a lot of space when you download it to your hard drive and sharing these files can take a long time and be quite frustrating. Microsoft* Windows Media* Encoder 9 Series converts AVI files into smaller, streaming WMV file formats for high quality viewing and real-time sharing. Microsoft* Windows Media* Encoder 9 Series is optimized for the Intel Pentium 4 processor and benefits from Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology. As a result, Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology can increase productivity and enhance system responsiveness. Figure 14. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Microsoft* Windows Media* Encoder 9 Series 29

30 Digital Video Performance: Microsoft* Windows* Movie Maker 2.1 Microsoft* Windows* Movie Maker 2.1 was developed to easily convert large AVI files into smaller, high quality WMV file formats for easier sharing and even preparing your videos for writing to DVD. Microsoft* Windows* Movie Maker 2 is optimized for the Intel Pentium 4 processor and benefits from Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology. As a result, Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology can increase productivity and enhance system responsiveness. Figure 15. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Microsoft* Windows* Movie Maker

31 Digital Video Performance: XMPEG* 5.03 with DivX* Codec Digital video is often compressed before it is shared over the internet. DivX is a popular Codec that transcodes an MPEG 2 file into MPEG 4 format resulting in a much smaller file size that can be downloaded more quickly over the internet. DivX is multithreaded and benefits from Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology. A PC based on the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology running DivX can reduce the time it takes to transcode an MPEG 2 video into MPEG 4 format. Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology can reduce the time it takes to prepare your video for the internet. Figure 16. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on XMPEG* 5.03 with DivX* Codec 31

32 Imaging Performance: Adobe* Photoshop* CS Communicating ideas and concepts visually is very important to businesses today, and producing these images takes time and creativity. That's why powerful image editing tools like an Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology running software like Adobe Photoshop CS are essential to business professionals. To boost performance, Adobe Photoshop CS is multithreaded and benefits from Intel's Hyper- Threading Technology. A PC based on the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology running Adobe Photoshop CS can execute multiple threads concurrently improving application responsiveness and performance. Intel s Hyper-Threading Technology can increase productivity and enhance system responsiveness. Figure 17. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Adobe* Photoshop* CS 32

33 Video Production Performance: Adobe* After Effects* 6 Producing professional full motion video requires creativity and powerful tools like an Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology running software like Adobe After Effects 6. With the aid of powerful computers, professionals using After Effects can efficiently produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. To boost performance, Adobe After Effects is multithreaded and benefits from Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology. A PC based on the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology running Adobe After Effects 6 can execute two threads concurrently improving application responsiveness and performance. The Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology improves responsiveness when applying multiple filters and special effects concurrently. Figure 18. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on Adobe* After Effects* 6 33

34 Business Multitasking The pillars of Business and Consumer multitasking represent scenarios where the PC is being tasked to do multiple activities at one time, which end-users now do regularly. On an Intel Pentium 4 processor based PC the business user will experience great performance on background and foreground computing activities involving data compression and virus scanning allowing business to publish documents while protecting their computing environment. Publish and Protect Simultaneously: McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* Word* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat* In today's business environment, users are running multiple applications at once, and are often executing multiple tasks from with in each application. On top of this, corporations have to run information security measures to safeguard not only their computer infrastructure, but also the vast amounts of data that they generate and store. All of these applications and security measures running at the same time can negatively impact user productivity by making the PC less responsive to user input. By deploying the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology, you are better equipped to run multiple applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and McAfee VirusScan, thus increasing productivity. Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology enables the processor to execute threads or tasks in parallel, and can therefore offer improved performance and better responsiveness for today's multitasking workloads and many applications. For example, take an individual such as a Technical Specifications Writer working in press relations who needs to send out numerous press releases, making sure the release is published and unchangeable. To accomplish this he could create those press releases in Microsoft Word and then use Adobe Acrobat to create a PDF document to distribute. Typically he needs to convert numerous documents to PDF and often does several at a time. A slower PC without Hyper-Threading Technology doesn't offer the performance he demands in this multitasking environment. Additionally his company's IT department has set up his system to run virus scanning periodically throughout the day. This significantly slows down the conversion of Word documents into PDF format, so he often turns off the security feature so that he can stay productive. With a PC powered by the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology, he could leave the virus scanning on, ensuring the security of his organization and complete all his document conversions simultaneously. Use the power of your PC based on the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology to run multiple applications simultaneously Quickly share data between multiple applications while minimizing the impact of background tasks 34

35 Figure 19. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* Word* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat*

36 Content Creation and Client Security: McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Adobe* Photoshop* CS In today's business environment, productivity and security are primary concerns for every corporation. However, finding a balance between IT's desire for a secure computing environment and an end users need to be productive can be difficult. As information security measures increase, this can take a toll on older machines making them often sluggish and unresponsive, thus impacting the user's ability to work effectively. With Intel's new Hyper-Threading Technology computers can finally strike a balance between end user needs and those of IT. For example, running a full system virus scan using an application like McAfee VirusScan 8.0 can greatly impact the productivity of the end user. This is because the PC's processor now has to execute virus scanning while at the same time run other productivity applications like Adobe Photoshop CS. The result is simple; Photoshop performance suffers and employee productivity drops. Now, with PC's supporting Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology the processor can effectively perform both operations at the same time. So, Photoshop performance is maintained keeping the employee productive while information security operations like virus scanning continue to run in the background. Finally the information security needs of IT and productivity needs of the employee can be balanced. Powerful PCs based on the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology minimize the performance impact of background tasks Stay productive while necessary security operations continue to run as needed 36

37 Figure 20. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Adobe* Photoshop* CS 37

38 Document Creation and Virus Scanning: McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* PowerPoint* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat* Today, securing the integrity of important and often confidential data is very important concern for business professionals. Because of this, tools like Adobe Acrobat are crucial when collaborating with customers. However, the process of creating PDF documents is processor intensive and can make the system responsiveness seem sluggish if the computer is consumed with performing important IT security functions like virus scanning. With Intel s new Hyper-Threading technology the PC is able to stay more responsive so the user doesn t have to wait as long while the computer creates the secure document. Hyper-Threading technology allows IT to have more confidence and turn on advanced security features with less worry that user productivity will be impacted. Use the power of your PC based on the Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology to run multiple applications simultaneously Quickly share data between multiple applications while minimizing the impact of background tasks Figure 21. Intel Pentium 4 Processor Performance on McAfee* VirusScan* 8.0 with Microsoft* PowerPoint* 2003 and Adobe* Acrobat*

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