1. Hiatus
2. RIP, Satoru Iwata
3. Let there be Robot Battles
4. Regarding pixel art!
5. 16-bit Star Wars
6. Goodbye, Spock.
7. James Randi Retires
8. More Star Wars on GOG
9. gives you DOS Games
10. Ralph Baer, RIP.
1. Quickie: Impressions June 2014
2. Quickie: Penny Arcade Episode 3
3. Quickie: The Amazing Spider-Man
4. Quickie: Transformers: Fall of Cybertron
5. Quickie: Prototype 2
6. Quickie: Microsoft Kinect
7. Quickie: X-Men Destiny
8. Spider-Man: Edge of Time
9. Quickie: Transformers Dark of the Moon
10. Quickie: Borderlands GOTY
1. Musings 45: Penny Arcade and The Gripping Hand
2. Movie Review: Pacific Rim
3. Movie Review: Wreck-It Ralph
4. Glide Wrapper Repository
5. Movie Review: Winnie The Pooh
6. Musings 44: PC Gaming? Maybe it's on Life Support
7. Video Games Live 2009
8. Movie Review: District 9
9. Musings: Stardock, DRM, and Gamers' Rights
10. Musings: How DRM Hurts PC Gaming
Main Menu

X-bit labs
The Tech Zone
Twin Galaxies


 Log in Problems?
 New User? Sign Up!

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


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.

Go To: [ Previous | Next | Home ] - Benchmarks (cont.)
Jump to Page: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 ]

Added:  Tuesday, November 28, 2000
Reviewer:  Torsten Daeges
Page: 4/6

Previous Previous (3/6)  1 2 3 4 5 6   Next (5/6) Next

[ Back to reviews index ]

Home :: Share Your Story
Site contents copyright Glide Underground.
Want to syndicate our news? Hook in to our RSS Feed.