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First test of 64-bit Intel Pentium 4

If you can read a little bit of French (or if you don't mind using Babelfish or just watching the graphs), you can check out one of the first tests, or benchmarks if you like, of the upcoming 64-bit Intel Pentium 4 processor. They, at x86-secret website, have compared Pentium 4 630 (800 MHz FSB, 2 MiB L2 cache) to previous models and to AMD Athlon 64, off course. 32-bit and 64-bit applications were used and it looks like Athlon 64 still wins in almost all benchmarks. So situation isn't much different than today with 32-bit Pentium 4 CPUs. Intel will have to do better to match the performance of Athlon 64. And it would also be nice if they reduced power consumption (about 125W compared to 95W for Athlon 64). A feature similar to Cool'n'Quiet would also help. Let's wait for more tests and hope Pentium 4 does better in them.

Also take a look at this new benchmark at XBitLabs. AMD Athlon 64 is also in the lead in almost all benchmarks here. Not to mention much lower power consumption and thus temperature of Athlon 64. It looks like Intel is still quite a bit behind AMD, even in 64 bit area. Currently AMD Athlon 64 is simply the fastest, coolest and smartest way to go.

Mike, Florida
You are right Mike. And Athlon 64 is in addition quite a bit cheaper and AMD64 architecture is more ready for the dual-core future.
I've read a couple of reviews and I must say I'm dissapointed with the performance of 64-bit Pentium. Athlon 64 is the way to go. And it looks like it is going to be much better choice four quite some time.
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