The new Pentium 4 3.06GHz processor is certainly the world's fastest desktop processor, there's no doubt about it. When compared with other desktop processors, it managed to take a very comfortable performance lead in both office productivity and internet content creation applications, whether with Hyper-Threading enabled or disabled.
The Hyper-Threading technology is not new but it's the first time that Intel is introducing this technology to the desktop environment. Although most of today's benchmarking software do not fully take advantage of the added performance that Hyper-Threading offers, users will have to see it to believe it. In our individually concocted tests, we managed to show an appreciable gain in performance under heavy multi-tasking environments. This is indeed a very powerful testament of the capabilities that Hyper-Threading offers. Certainly, we're very sure that this would give users a more enjoyable and productive use of their PC, especially users who frequently need to perform multiple tasks at one time.
Two CPUs for the price of one.
The Pentium 4 3.06GHz processor with Hyper-Threading technology will be priced at US$637 in 1000-unit quantity. As with most of Intel's processors, the price would be a little high at introduction but as we know it, the 3.06GHz's price would surely drop within the next few months. Hopefully this would happen soon but for those who can't wait to get their hands on it, the Pentium 4 at 3.06GHz is worth the investment; considering the performance you're getting with an increased processor clock speed in addition to Hyper-Threading's remarkable advantage in multi-tasking. It's like buying two CPUs for the price of one.
Hyper-Threading technology is possibly the best thing that has happened to the desktop processor since the the introduction of the Pentium series. For that, we're giving it our Most Innovative Product award.
Most Innovative Product Award.