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Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz HT Review - PAGE 1

, Ryan Li, Peter Judson
- Monday, December 23rd, 2002
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Kuduros Dec 27, 02
Entity, what is the SPEC Viewperf? Is it another type of benchmarking application? I'm unfamiliar with the name.

The article is great, it's got a few dodgy characters in it though, like divided "|"'s, must have been a corruption.

I was pleased with the results of the benchmarks regarding gaming/multitasking. I often boot up a game while downloading heavily on a 512k shared LAN connection. Do Intel plan to incorporate this technology into all their chips from 3Ghz upwards, or will they manufacture non-HT chips alongside? How does Windows interpret the chip in say, Device Manager/System? Does it display two chips?
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Redemption Dec 28, 02
SPEC viewperf is an OpenGL benchmark. It's been around a long time, but its current version 7.0 incarnation is relatively new. It's a good test for workstation productivity since it does some CAD like testing with 3dmax and other programs. you can find out more here:

http://www.specbench.org/gpc/opc.static/opcview70.html

And HT technology, as far as I understand, is cost effective enough that Intel will likely include it in all their future chips. My belief is that this is a key part of their strategy since it allows them to market a feature that AMD does (and will not) have. If enough companies program optimisations into their programs, then with time, I think Intel hopes that their chips will perform better and better with various applications.

I thought Entity would upload the picture of the task manager showing how Windows sees the HT chip as 2 chips, with 2 individual process usage graphs.

This message was edited by Redemption on Dec 28 2002.
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