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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Northwood Deschutes
MoBo Socket Socket 478/Socket N Slot 1/SC242
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 06 May 2002 24 Aug 1998
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

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CPU Cores 1 1
Clock Speed 2.26 GHz 0.45 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
System Bus - 100 MHz
Max TDP 58 W 271 W
Lithography 130 nm 250 nm
Bit Width - 32 Bit
Voltage Range - 2.0V KB
Max Temperature - 90°C
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size 20 KB 16 KB
L2 Cache Size 512 KB 512 KB
L3 Cache Size - -
Memory Types
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review In January 2002 Intel released Pentium 4s with a new core code named "Northwood" at speeds of 1.6 GHz, 1.8 GHz, 2 GHz and 2.2 GHz. Northwood (product code 80532) combined an increase in the L2 cache size from 256 KB to 512 KB (increasing the transistor count from 42 million to 55 million) with a transition to a new 130 nm fabrication process. Making the processor out of smaller transistors means that it can run at higher clock speeds and produce less heat. In the same month boards utilizing the 845 chipset were released with enabled support for DDR SDRAM which provided double the bandwidth of PC133 SDRAM, and alleviated the associated high costs of using Rambus RDRAM for maximal performance with Pentium 4. The Pentium II was basically a more consumer-oriented version of the Pentium Pro. It was cheaper to manufacture because of the separate, slower L2 cache memory. The improved 16-bit performance and MMX support made it a better choice for consumer-level operating systems, such as Windows 9x, and multimedia applications. Combined with the larger L1 cache and improved 16-bit performance, the slower and cheaper L2 cache's performance impact was reduced. General processor performance was increased while costs were cut.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Pentium 4 2.26GHz is marginally better than the Intel Pentium II 450MHz when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

Both the Pentium 4 2.26GHz and the Pentium II 450MHz were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both CPUs exhibit very poor performance, so rather than upgrading from one to the other you should consider looking at more powerful CPUs. Neither of these will be able to run the latest games in any playable way.

{ The Pentium 4 2.26GHz and the Pentium II 450MHz both have 1 cores, and so are quite likely to struggle with the latest games, or at least bottleneck high-end graphics cards when running them. With a decent accompanying GPU, thePentium 4 2.26GHz and the Pentium II 450MHz may still be able to run slightly older games fairly effectively.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Pentium 4 2.26GHz and Pentium II 450MHz are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Pentium 4 2.26GHz has a 1.81 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is probably a good indicator that the is superior.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Pentium 4 2.26GHz and the Pentium II 450MHz have the same L2 cache size, and neither CPU appears to have an L3 cache. In this case, the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Pentium 4 2.26GHz</span> has a 4 KB bigger L1 cache, so would probably provide better performance than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Pentium II 450MHz</span>, at least in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.