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Reviewed: Pentium 200mhz
Author: Torsten Daeges       Date: November 28th, 2000
Page: 5

Benchmarks (cont.)

Now, let's take a look at how the new CPUs compare with our proven veteran in some Quake 3: Arena and some Unreal Tournament fragging. Let's check out the scores!

The lack of SIMD instructions is again visible in this set of benchmarks. The Voodoo3 2000 PCI has to do all of the calculating power on its own, without the help of SSE or 3Dnow! At one point in UT, the benchmark even refused to run at all, showing how dependant UT is on SIMD instructions. For those of you that like to play games like Quake 3, or UT, then you might want to go for the Pentium MMX. They have special instructions to accelerate media and graphics. If I had a Pentium MMX, I'm sure it would match the newer processors in in-game performance. Sadly, Intel did not feel the need to send me one.

This benchmark is not relevant to this review, however, since it doesn't focus on the Pentium's true gift: its NES/SNES emulation capabilities. Sadly, there are no benchmark programs to test this feature, so we will assume that the Pentium is dominant in that domain.

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Added:  Tuesday, November 28, 2000
Reviewer:  Torsten Daeges
Page: 5/6

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