Intel Pentium D 960 Processor


Test Setup & Benchmarks

Test Setup & Benchmarks

With the addition of the Pentium D 960 processor, Intel's lineup on the high end just got more interesting. We've seen the specifications on the previous page, so here's a table of mainstream dual-core processor e-tail prices as of publishing this article:-

Intel Estimated Price AMD Estimated Price
Pentium D 960 US$560 Athlon 64 X2 4800+ US$630
Pentium D 950 US$350 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ US$548
Pentium D 940 US$270 Athlon 64 X2 4400+ US$460
Pentium D 930 US$225 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ US$360
Pentium D 920 US$215 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ US$300

Even though both camps have five mainstream dual-core processors each, they cannot be easily cross-compared as processors from both Intel and AMD sport a different architecture. This is easily seen on our various benchmarks on the forthcoming pages and we ask of you to take careful note of their performance and price quotients when making a decision for yourself. We only managed to obtain three processor models from the Athlon 64 X2 series, but they proved to good performance markers to help you gauge the entire series. Without further ado, the following are the testbed specifications and benchmarks used in this article.


The components used in the AMD testbed include:-

  • ASUS A8V Deluxe (VIA K8T800 Pro chipset)
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ / 4400+ / 3800+ processors
  • 2 x 512MB Corsair DDR400 non-ECC memory modules (CAS 2.5, 3-3-6)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce FX 5700 256MB (AGP) - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 61.34 (beta)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2


The components used in the Intel testbed include:-

  • ASUS P5WD2-E Premium (Intel 975X Express chipset)
  • Intel Pentium 955 Extreme Edition (with Hyper-Threading) and Pentium D 960 / 950 / 940 / 930 / 920 processors.
  • 2 x 512MB Kingston DDR2-667 non-ECC memory modules (CAS 4, 4-4-10)
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 80GB SATA hard disk drive (one single NTFS partition)
  • MSI GeForce PCX 5750 128MB (PCI Express x16) - with NVIDIA Detonator XP 61.34 (beta)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2


The benchmarks used in this review include:-

  • BAPCo SYSmark 2004
  • SPECCPU 2000 v1.2
  • Lightwave 3D 7.5
  • Futuremark PCMark 2005 Pro
  • Cinebench 2003
  • XMpeg 4.5 (DivX encoding)
  • Futuremark 3DMark03 Pro
  • Futuremark 3DMark05 Pro
  • Futuremark 3DMark06 Pro
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
  • AquaMark3