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CPU Core Details

CPU Codename Prescott Thoroughbred (Model 8)
MoBo Socket LGA 775/ Socket T Socket 462/Socket A
Notebook CPU no no
Release Date 21 Jun 2004 21 Aug 2002
CPU Link GD Link GD Link
Approved

CPU Technical Specifications

{
CPU Cores 1 1
Clock Speed 2.66 GHz 2 GHz
Turbo Frequency - -
System Bus 533 MHz 1000 MHz
Max TDP 84 W 68 W
Lithography 90 nm 130 nm
Bit Width 64 Bit -
Voltage Range 1.25V-1.388V KB -
Max Temperature 67.7°C -
Virtualization Technology no no

CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size - 128 KB
L2 Cache Size 1024 KB 256 KB
L2 Cache Speed - -
L3 Cache Size - -
Memory Types
ECC Memory Support no no

CPU Graphics

Integrated Graphics no no

CPU Mini Review

Mini Review The Pentium 4 HT 505 is an ageing processor based on Intel's Prescott 90nm microarchitecture. Given its age, lack of L3 cache, and single processing core, it is no longer suitable for high-end gaming, and is inferior to any recent products. It will still serve decently enough in an old computer that only has support for the LGA775 socket, but upgrading would be far more favorable than using this processor at this stage in its life. The Athlon made its debut on June 23, 1999. Athlon is the ancient Greek word for Champion/trophy of the games. <br />Athlon is the brand name applied to a series of x86-compatible microprocessors designed and manufactured by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). The original Athlon (now called Athlon Classic) was the first seventh-generation x86 processor and retained the initial performance lead it had over Intel's competing processors for a significant period of time. The original Athlon also had the distinction of being the first desktop processor to reach speeds of one gigahertz (GHz). AMD has continued using the Athlon name with the Athlon 64, an eighth-generation processor featuring x86-64 (later renamed AMD64) architecture, and the Athlon II.

Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the AMD Athlon XP 2400+ is marginally better than the Intel Pentium 4 HT 505 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 HT 505 and the Athlon XP 2400+ 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 HT and the Athlon XP 2400+ 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 HT and the Athlon XP 2400+ 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 HT and Athlon XP 2400+ 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 HT has a 0.66 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 enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the .

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 <span class='gpu1Mention'>Pentium 4 HT</span> has a 768 KB bigger L2 cache than the <span class='gpu2Mention'>Athlon XP 2400+</span>, but neither of the CPUs have L3 caches, so the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Pentium 4 HT</span> wins out in this area with its larger L2 cache.

The System Bus Speed is important for providing higher bandwidth, and with higher bandwidth the system has the capacity to move more data over a certain time period than it would with lower bandwidth.

The $higherFsb has a 467 MHz faster System Bus Speed than the <span class='gpu1Mention'>Pentium 4 HT</span>, and as such, has a significantly higher limit when it comes to the size of the data being processed at once.

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.