Intel vs AMD S1E8 – Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4 review


The Intel Pentium 4. Heart of many gaming machines in the 2000s. The Pentium 4 is based on the Net burst architecture,
available for three different CPU sockets, in clock speeds ranging from 1.4 to 3.8 GHz. It certainly divides opinions, loved my many,
hated but others, but there is no denying that this processor has left its mark. There are many Pentium 4 processors. This one is different. The name Extreme Edition certainly raises
expectations. What is it that makes this processor extreme? How does it perform against the Athlon 64
and should you consider getting one for your rerto gaming PC. This Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor launched
in February of 2004. It runs at a clock speed of 3.4 GHz and is
available for the sockets 478 and 775. While the traditional Pentium 4 3.4 Ghz came
in the Northwood or Prescott core, the Extreme Edition features the Gallatin core. Originating from the Xeon MP, it has 512 KB
of level 2 cache like the standard Pentium 4 Northwood, but features a massive 2 MBs
of fast level 3 cache. The level 3 Cache is the main reason for higher
performance, That level 3 cache is also the main reason
for the higher price tag. The Northwood had around 50 million transistors,
the Gallatin had almost 180. This is extremely impressive, especially considering
that Gallatin was produced on the older 130 nm process. The newer Prescott for example was already
manufactured on the smaller and cheaper 90 nm process. In short, for the price of single Gallatin,
Intel could produce several standard Pentium 4 chips. Power draw is also extreme, having a TDP of
102.9 Watts which is at the same level of the Prescott. Double check that your motherboard supports
this processor and is able to handle the high power draw
Compared to the 3.2 GHz Extreme Edition, the 3.4 GHz version can handle somewhat higher
temperatures, but still less than the other processors, so a decent CPU cooler is a must. Extreme was also the price. At a time where the other high end processors
would sell for 417 US dollars, the Extreme Edition would set you back 999 US dollars. Accounting for inflation, that’s almost 1300
dollars by todays standards. With so many extremes, let us as take a look
at the performance and see if it can live up to the expectations. First up we have 3DMark 2001 SE. In this benchmark the Athlon 64 3400+ is the
fastest processor, but the 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition is not far behind. Amongst the Pentium 4 processors, the Extreme
Editions take the lead and with a decent margin. In 3DMark03 we can really see that the graphics
card is holding things back. All the Pentium 4 and Athlon 64 processors
offer high performance, the Extreme Editions do take the lead, but the margin is very small. The Athlon 64 processors are little bit behind
the Extreme Editions and the Prescott, but the results are all pretty close to each other. In Aquamark 3, the 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition
takes the lead, clearly separating itself from all the other processors. With a score of just under 69000, the Athlon
64 3400+ is a little bit behind the Pentium 4 chips, which all score over 70000. CodeCreatures Pro is a benchmark clearly dominated
by the Athlon 64 processors. The 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition can do little
to change to the outcome. It is the fastest Pentium 4 processor, but
even the Athlon 64 3200+ manages to be a tiny bit faster. Serious Sam Second Encounter, a classic OpenGL
game, also runs very fast on the Athlon 64. The 3400+ is in front with the 3200+ not far
behind. Both Extreme Edition processors do perform
well in this game and are able to catch the 3200+, but the 3400+ is still out of reach. X2 The Threat also runs very well on the Athlon
64 processors, they manage to beat all the standard Pentium 4s. The Extreme Edition processors however get
a nice performance boost, the 3.2 GHz model is able to match the 3400+, but the 3.4 GHz
Pentium 4 Extreme Edition pulls ahead and is the fastest processor in this benchmark. Comanche 4, the only benchmark that runs slower
on the Prescott compared to Northwood. The two Extreme Editions are taking the lead
in this benchmark. Even the slower 3.2 GHz version is able to
stay in front of the Athlon 64 3400+. Doom 3, a game that really shines on the Athlon
64. It is also the only benchmark that shows the
Prescott outperforming the 3.2 GHz Extreme Edition. The 3.4 GHz version also does very well in
this game, ending up a tiny bit in front of the 3400+
In Far Cry the 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition managed to hit 100 frames per second. Even the Athlon 64 3400+, which also performs
strongly in this benchmark, is not able to beat the Extreme Edition. In FEAR I have began to record the minimum
FPS as well, but only got results for a few Pentium 4 processors. The 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition is almost able
to get close to 60 fps, clearly offering the highest performance out of the processors
tested. Looking at the average framerate, we can see
that all the faster processors are being limited by the graphics card. 91 frames per second seems to be the limit
of what is possible here. The 3.2 and 3.4 GHz version of the Extreme
Edition, as well as the 3200+ and 3400+ all achieve the same result of 91 frames per second. It will be interesting to see what the result
look like with a faster graphics card. And we got some results for Half-Life 2 Lost
Coast. This is a very recent addition to my benchmark
process, so we also only have a few Pentium 4 results. And once again, the 3.4 GHz version of the
Extreme Edition is the fastest processor in this game. Time to analyse the results. The 3.4 GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, does
indeed offer extreme performance. It is quite impressive to see what this processor
is able to get out the good old socket 478. We can see why Intel decided to launch the
Extreme Edition series, the standard Pentium 4 processors simply didn’t have a chance against
the newer Athlon 64. Now do keep in mind, that my videos are following
the timeline of back in the day. So currently we are in February of 2004, so
if you are wondering about socket 939 and 775, PCIe, dual channel memory and the FX
series, please relax, all of these cool technologies will get their time to shine. I can’t tell you when, but it will happen. Looking at the benchmarks, the Athlon 64 3400+
was the fastest processor in 3DMark2001 and Code Creatures and the 3.4 GHz Extreme Edition
dominated 3DMark03 as well as Aquamark 3. When it comes to games, the 3.4 GHz Extreme
Edition ended up being the faster processor in most of the games. X2 The Threat, Comanche 4, Doom 3 and Far
Cry all ran faster on the Extreme Edition. Serious Sam The Second Encounter is the only
game that ran faster on the 3400+, and FEAR was a tie, being severely limited by the graphics
card. Extreme performance is great, but the Extreme
Edition comes with other Extremes. Price is one. While you don’t have to pay anywhere close
to the 999 USD that this processor would set you back in 2004, this processor is still
very much in demand and you will definitely have to look around a bit to find one, and
if you do, be prepared to spend a substantial premium. I was looking at availability when producing
this video and couldn’t find a single listing, so this is something to really think about. Extreme is also the power consumption and
heat. You will need to source a decent CPU cooler,
I cannot recommend using any of the Intel stock coolers. An all copper cooler from Zalman or Thermal
right is the way to go, but once again, be prepared to look around for a while and spend
a bit of money. Also make sure that your motherboard fully
supports this processor and can handle the power draw. Careful when using tower coolers as these
motherboards expect airflow around the CPU socket area, back in the day coolers where
of the sunflower type, blowing air down onto the motherboard and cooling components around
the CPU socket, especially the voltage regulator modules and capacitors. So the performance is awesome, but powerdraw
and heat not so much. This brings us to the question: Should you
get this processor for a retro gaming PC? In my opinion, if you’re looking at just the
performance, you aren’t going to get good value. The Extreme Edition is sought after not so
much for its performance, but for what it stands. It stands for the ultimate processor available
for the socket 478. There is just something really cool about
having the last of its kind. Owning a processor that used to sell for 999
USD and that simply was out of reach for you back in the day, is an experience that is
hard to explain but awesome when you experience it. Seeing the Extreme Edition BIOS post screen
and logo in CPU-Z might be worth every single dollar you invest into such a processor. Also keep in mind that this processor is highly
collectible, it will most certainly continue to go up in value, so don’t let a high price
put you off right away. So this video is the final chapter for the
socket 478. But I’m done with the socket just yet. But that’s all I’m going to say at this point
of time. June of 2004 will be the next stop in our
PC retro gaming journey. I cannot give you a date, but let me tell
that I have some really cool videos planned. 2004 is a really interesting year, lots of
new technologies so I’ll be busy acquiring parts, testing hardware and of course, benchmarking,
creating charts and having an awesome time playing around with hardware I didn’t have
back in the day. And as always, please subscribe and share
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