Intel is really putting a lot of pressure on its competitor with these new processors. The Pentium 4 did not only get a boost in speed, but it has widened its front side bus bandwidth by another 33%. With today's demanding applications and complex 3D games, the Pentium 4 2.53GHz is geared to deliver the best desktop performance that money can buy today.
In all the benchmarks we've performed with the Pentium 4 2.53GHz, there is no doubt that the Pentium 4 is now holding the crown of performance. However, the price of the 2.53GHz will not be cheap as it will set you back as much as US$637 for 1,000-unit quantities. Boxed processors will cost a little more, so be prepared to fork out your hard-earned savings for this. The pricing is high, but it is not surprising at all as most high-speed CPUs traditionally command a premium price.
For those prepared to jump into the 533MHz bandwagon, you'll have to look for motherboards that support these new processors. Currently, Intel has launched the 850E chipset which is based on the RAMBUS memory technology. In the following weeks, you can expect more chipsets from Intel. But at the moment, if you want to use a DDR solution, you can pick boards based on the SiS 645DX chipset which supports DDR333 memory modules.
The new 533MHz FSB Pentium 4 processors are also available at speeds of 2.40GHz and 2.26GHz. They are priced at US$562 and US$423 in 1,000-unit quantities respectively.
||Intel Pentium 4 2.40/2.53GHz
||2 x 128MB PC800 Samsung RDRAM
||Windows XP Professional