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Reviewed: Pentium 200mhz
Author: Torsten Daeges       Date: November 28th, 2000
Page: 4


Benchmarks

After this startling realization, I decided to see how else the Pentium was better than today's best and brightest. I decided that we should see how the Pentium compares to some of today's preferred processors. I ran the standard benchmarks to see if a Pentium 200 could fare better than today's lot. The results were mind-blowing!

Reviewer's System:

  • Pentium 200mhz - 0.35 micron
  • Some old crappy motherboard with no AGP and a dying BIOS battery
  • 128 Mb 70ns SIMMS
  • Western Digital Caviar 20Gb Ultra/ATA66
  • Western Digital Caviar 15Gb Ultra/ATA66
  • CompUSA ATA66 Controller Card
  • Voodoo 3 2000 PCI
  • SoundBlaster 16
  • Labtec Stereo Speakers
Note: Benchmarks for the P3, Athlon, and P4 are estimates based on actual results from other sites.

Now, let's see the results:







No 3Dmark2000 Benchmark is available because
3Dmark2000 refused to run on the processor




As can be seen, the Pentium 200 lags behind a bit in this benchmark. Clearly, the Athlon 1.2 Ghz is in the lead here, with the Intel bunch trying to catch up. This disturbs me. Why is the Athlon, the only non-Intel processor, doing better than all others? Is it possible that AMD is just soooo much better than the Pentiums? I could not believe that for a minute. Obviously, a company that is anti-Intel created this benchmark program. Perhaps some other benchmarks would demonstrate the true power of the Pentium.

This lack of power in the P200's corner is most likely due to a lack of SIMD instructions. This is easily explained and justified. Since the Pentium was created to emulate console systems (Intel may say otherwise, but they know it's true), and there were no consoles that used SIMD instructions, Intel did not feel it necessary to include them in the Pentium core.

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Added:  Tuesday, November 28, 2000
Reviewer:  Torsten Daeges
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