..:: 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. 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. Quake III results show us the Pentium D 820 faring worse than a typical “Prescott” and “Northwood” core Pentium 4 running at the same clock, not much better than the Extreme Edition 840 putting up scores similar to a “Northwood” 3.40GHz Processor. I was hoping for better performance out of the chip, but in comparison to the results we found earlier with the Extreme Edition it was far from surprising. This is the case for both the 16-bit and 32-bit resolution benchmark results.
..:: UT2003 ::..
The next to last benchmark for 32-bit testing, Unreal Tournament 2003, shows us some 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. Unlike the results we found with Quake III Arena, this time the performance gain of the Extreme Edition 840 is more on par with the 3.20GHz Pentium 4 “Prescott” performance wise, as is the Pentium D 820 with the 2.80GHz Pentium 4’s. Each fails to reach similar performance levels on the current platform, however. This is again the case for both of the respective benchmarks.