..:: Quake III Arena ::..
Quake III Arena has been used as a benchmark for a great length of time now, and the Pentium 4 processor has always been known as a Quake III powerhouse. With the advent of new games with far more advanced engines, this benchmark is slowly progressing towards an archaic stage, but it is still relevant enough now for use of the results. In order to remove any sort of graphics bottleneck from our results, we chose to go with the standard 640 x 480 resolution for our tests. Yeah, it is a bit low, but it allows for a better comparison between processors once the bulk of the computations must be done by them, instead of by the graphics adapter. As far as QIIIA performance goes, we can see an example of the advantages of the Extreme Edition and it’s added 2MB of L3 cache. The Extreme Edition just blows away anything the “E” can throw at it, even at faster clock rates. Clearly, the Extreme Edition follows right in line with it’s name, especially when it comes to gaming.
..:: Unreal Tournament 2003 ::..
The last benchmark for the day, Unreal Tournament 2003, shows us some very interesting results. For this test, we once again ran the benchmark in 640 x 480 mode in order take the graphics card out of the equation as far as results go. In both sets of results above, we once again see the over powering performance offered by the Extreme Edition processor. The 2MB of added L3 cache adds an incredible amount of performance capabilities to the already powerful “Northwood core. In our initial tests, “Prescott” didn’t show us much to do as far as gaming performance goes when compared versus “Northwood”, and this is still the case. Granted, an Extreme Edition versus a regular “E” processor is a mismatch for any gaming benchmark, but it goes to show why you’re going to shell out all the extra dough for one, should you be in the market.