Fwd: [RC5] Why does Pentium 3 process faster than Pentium 4?

Jonas Maebe jonas.maebe at rug.ac.be
Wed Dec 11 10:17:14 EST 2002

On woensdag, dec 11, 2002, at 09:51 Europe/Brussels, Julian Ruhe wrote:

> Something more to read: G4 in SPEC by c't magazine
> http://www.heise.de/ct/english/02/05/182/

The problem is that SPEC is only a benchmark for how well a certain 
processor (not system, just processor) performs when executing code 
generated by a particular compiler. Just like dnetc (with hand-tuned 
cores) only tells you how well a processor (not system) performs when 
using hand-tuned assembler routines. Neither gives you the full picture.

In general, a complete system contains a mixture of the two (low-level 
and/or speed critical routines offered by the OS are most likely very 
optimized and hand-tuned, while the higher levels - such as 
applications - are most likely just generated by a compiler) and a lot 
of other factors beside cpu speed come into play (graphics card, hard 
disk, amount of memory, bus speed, caches, ...). Anyway, I think the 
discussion of "which processor is best" (or which system is best) has 
been fought out already so many times all over the web and usenet (and 
probably still is being fought out :) that we really shouldn't rehash 
it yet another time on this list...


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