Intel vs AMD S1E7 – Prescott 3.4 Review

October 12, 2019

Intel vs AMD Season 1 Episode 7 Previously we had a look at the AMD Athlon
64 3200+ and 3400+ with the mighty ClawHammer core The Athlon 64 turned out be a very fast and
efficient processor. 1 MB of L2 Cache, an integrated memory controller
and much faster performance clock for clock put immense pressure on Intel The Athlon 64 3400+ launched in January of
2004. Intel did everything in their power to fight
of the threat and launched three major processors in the following month: The Pentium 4 3.4
GHz with the classic Nortwood core, another 3.4 GHz model with a brand new Prescott core
and also a 3.4 GHz version of the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition We looked at the 3.4 GHz Northwood core in
the previous video, link down below in the description. Today it’s all about the Prescott core and
in the next video we will look at the 3.4 GHz version of the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. The Prescott core was the first chip manufacturer
on a 90nm process. With 1 MB of Level 2 cache it had double the
amount compared to the Northwood core. It also supported the new SSE3 instruction
set. A deeper pipeline was used in the hope to
scale clock speed to 4 GHz and beyond. Despite the smaller manufacturing process,
the Prescott core ended up consuming more power compared to Northwood and also the Extreme
Edition. Here we can see how the TDP compares amongst
these processors While not directly comparable, the Athlon 64 processors have a TDP of 89
Watts, although later revisions reduce this figure even further. The Prescott core however is also more resilient
to temperatures, giving you a little bit of extra headroom before the processor would
start to throttle. Interesting to see that the Extreme Edition
has the lowest maximum TCase, so you definitly want to have some decent cooling with this
processor. How does this processor perform and should
you consider it for use in a retro gaming PC? Let’s start by looking at some benchmark results For this video I retested the 3.4 GHz Northwood
and Prescott and recorded the result of three benchmark runs. This just gives us a clearer picture of what’s
going on because there are small variations between benchmark runs. In 3DMark 2001 the Athlon 64s are the stronger
processor. The 3400+ is the fastest processor and even
the 3200+ is in front of the Prescott, only the Extreme Edition is able to secure a small
lead against the 3200+, but is no match for the 3400+. In this benchmark the Prescott core performs
better compared to Northwood. In 3DMark03 the Pentium 4 processors in general
perform better. All the 3.4 GHz version are in front of the
Athlon 64 3400+. Once again we can see that the Prescott core
performs better comared to Northwood. Aquamark is another benchmark that the Pentium
4 processors complete very fast. It is very close between the Prescott and
Northwood, but we can see that the Prescott is slightly faster than Northwood in this
benchmark. The CodeCreatures Pro benchmark is dominated
by the Athlon 64, both chips, the 3400+ and 3200+ are clearly faster than all the Pentium
4 processors. The Prescott core once again is a little bit
faster compared to Northwood. In Serious Sam Second Encounter all processors
provide plenty of performance. But it is clear that the Athlon 64 is significanlty
stronger compared to the Pentium 4 chips. Only the Extreme Edition is able to match
the 3200+, but is no match for the 3400+. Once again, Prescott is slightly ahead of
Northwood. In X2 The Threat the Athlon 64 is once again
very strong and only the Extreme Edition can keep up. Also in this benchmark the Prescott is a tiny
bit faster than Northwood. Comanche 4 gives some interesting results. Here the Athlon 64 processors are not as dominant
as in the other games, but the performance is still very competitive against the Pentium
4 processors, however the Extreme Edition is taking the lead this time. Also interesting to see that this game performs
significantly worse on the Prescott core. It will be interesting to see if there are
other games that show the same behaviour. In Doom 3 once again the Athlon 64 processors
do very well. The 3400+ is the fastest processor and the
3200+ is not far behind. Very interesting to see that the Prescott
manages to not only beat Northwood, but also the Extreme Edition. The trend of the Athlon 64 processors leading
the pack continues, the 3400+ is the fastest processor. The Extreme Edition and the Prescott manage
to beat the 3200+ and once again the Prescott core is in front of Northwood. In F.E.A.R. I have now started to record the minimum FPS
as well, but I didn’t do that previously, so I only have results for the Northwood and
Prescott. There is quite a difference between the two
cores, the Prescott is clearly faster in this game. Looking at the average frame rates, we can
also see that performance lead of Prescott. Both Athlon 64 processor are handling this
game very well, matching the performance of the Extreme Edition. And a new entry is Half-Life 2 Lost Coast. Just like with the minimum FPS results in
F.E.A.R., I’ve only get results for the Northwood and Prescott. The trend continues and we can see that Prescott
is ahead of Northwood once again. Alright. So we had a look at all the benchmark results
and I must say I am positively surprised by the performance of the Prescott. In Forums I often read that the Prescott was
slower compared to Northwood, but at least in the games and benchmarks I used, this clearly
isn’t the case. The exception is Comanche 4, but in all the
other tests the Prescott was faster than Northwood. But then we have to consider the increased
power draw. Quite odd considering that Prescott is made
with a smaller manufacturing process, 90 nm with the Prescott compared to 130 nm with
Northwood,. Usually going with a smaller manufacturing
process gives you a reduction in power draw., but with the Prescott the opposite is true. This means that if you are using such a processor
you are really running it at the limit of what most motherboards of that era can handle. Because Prescott came out quite late, you
should do a little bit of research and find out if your motherboard officially supports
this processor and is able to handle the higher power demand. Against the Athlon 64 3400+ the Prescott is
a hard sell. Not only is the AMD processor faster, it also
consumes less power, offers 64 bit compatibility and has much better options for decent processor
coolers. If you are set on building a Pentium 4 retro
gaming PC, then I would recommend going with the Northwood or Extreme Edition versions. And that’s it for this video guys! In the next episode we are looking at the
final socket 478 processor, the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition running at 3.4 GHz. Thanks for watching and I see you soon in
another video.

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