First Pentium 4 benchmarks appear

Rambus performance finally comes good

2CPU.com has the first benchmarks of Intel's upcoming Pentium 4 aka Willamette. The most startling numbers are what can only be described as phenomenal memory performance from the Rambus memory in the test system.

SiSoft Sandra memory benchmarks show the P4 delivering an ALU memory bandwidth of 1407 Mb/sec, and an FPU figure of 1520 Mb/sec. By comparison a 1GHz PIII looks very ordinary with 325 and 345Mb/sec respectively.

We'd advise a degree of caution here as this is only one benchmark, but if Rambus can really deliver this kind of performance, maybe we should start liking it a bit more. ®

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