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  Intel Pentium 4 2.40GHz 
  Apr 02, 2002, 12:00pm EST 
 

Performance - OpenGL Gaming


By: Dan Mepham

What would any good article be without a Quake 3 benchmark?

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It's no secret that Quake 3 is one of the most bandwidth-hungry applications around, and here we see that illustrated yet again. The SDRAM-equipped Pentium 4 looks rather pathetic, turning in results only 50% better than the Pentium III 800, despite a 200% increase in clockspeed. The RDRAM-equipped platform turns in a much more respectable result.

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As always, we like to include this graph as a reminder that, just as the processor or memory can be a bottleneck, so can the video card, or any other part of the system. If high-resolution gaming is your cup of tea, your upgrade dollars are probably better spent elsewhere.



1. Introduction
2. Same Old Northwood, 200 More Megahertz
3. Heat and Power
4. Testing Methodologies
5. Performance - Cache & Memory
6. Performance - Audio & Video Encoding
7. Performance - Scientific & Boot Time
8. Performance - OpenGL Gaming
9. Performance - Direct3D Gaming
10. Performance - Professional OpenGL
11. Summary

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