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  Pentium 4 Scaling with DDR Memory 
  Feb 04, 2002, 08:30am EST 


By: Dan Mepham

Has the Pentium 4 platform scaled as well as hoped? It’s rather pointless to form a conclusion here, because I’m sure most of our readership could have guessed at the general pattern observed in the benchmarks before even reading this. There’s no sense in restating the obvious.

That said, there were some interesting results in particular benchmarks. Clearly there’s room for more in-depth analysis here, and again, we’ll leave you to mull over the results, and draw your own conclusions.

One issue we’d like to make quick note of, however, is to keep what you’ve just read in mind when buying a new system, particularly if you know you’ll be upgrading in the future. For example, if you were about to buy a P4 platform today, and planned to upgrade the CPU in a few months to a year, it’s clear that you’ll want to avoid a platform like 845/SDR, as it will render your upgrade close to useless. In addition, when building a system, remember that the CPU (or even the CPU and memory) aren’t everything. Be certain to use high performance components throughout, from motherboard to video card to hard drive. Later on, you’ll be glad you did.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the article, and that there was at least something stated that wasn’t expected, or that satisfied some slight curiosity. As always, we’d love to hear what you think, and if you’re interested in any other case studies of this nature, our Inboxes are always open.

Dan Mepham

1. Introduction
2. Processors 101
3. Memory Considerations
4. Test Procedure
5. Results - Linpack & Cachemem
6. Results - STREAM & 3DMark2001
7. Results - Quake 3 Arena
8. Results - MP3 Encoding
9. Results - ScienceMark
10. Results - SPECviewperf
11. Conclusion
12. Appendix A - SPECviewperf

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