Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46Ghz

  • Review
  • Specs
  • Images
  • User Reviews
  • Buy Now
Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.46Ghz
  • Expert Rating

    3.50 / 5


  • Good graphics benchmarks, good performance


  • Slightly slower than the AMD chips for application processing

Bottom Line

When it comes to blazing gaming performance, this is the chip to get. There is no real advantage with regular application processing though.

Would you buy this?

Special Offers

Intel's Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor (P4 EE) is aimed at the top end of the consumer market, at users who want ultimate performance for serious gaming and multimedia production applications. We looked at a version of the chip with a clock speed of 3.46GHz.

The P4 EE has always been a performance step ahead of the regular Pentium 4 chips due to the total amount of cache memory. A regular Pentium 4 has a 1MB of level 2 cache, while the P4 EE has 512KB of level 2 cache as well as a 2MB level 3 cache. Cache memory is accessible to the CPU much quicker than regular system memory, due to its integration with the CPU itself. It is a place where frequently used data is stored.

In addition to the level 3 cache, the recent P4 EE processors differentiate themselves from regular Pentium 4 chips with improved frontside bus speed. The chip we looked at incorporates a quad-pumped 266MHz frontside bus (FSB) speed of 1066MHz, as opposed to the 800MHz of the regular Pentium 4 chips. The speed of the FSB determines how fast the processor can talk to main memory and other system components.

We used PC WorldBench 5 to compare the speeds of the P4 EE with the AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 and AMD Athlon 64 4000+ in workloads encompassing office applications, design, music and video encoding as well as multitasking. The Athlon FX-55, with its 2.6GHz clock speed, is the clear winner here. It posted a score that is 10% faster than the baseline system score of 100 for this benchmark.

The almost identical Athlon 64 4000+ (2.4GHz), posted a score that is 8% faster than the baseline, while the P4 EE 3.46GHz chip posted a score that is 1% slower than the baseline for this benchmark.

The P4 EE 3.4GHz chip has an advantage in 3DMark 2005, which is based on DirectX 9.0 tests, but the Unreal Tournament frame rate scores are well matched between all the CPUs.

In terms of heat generation, the P4 EE 3.46GHz chip has a thermal power dissipation rating of 110 watts, while the Athlon 64 FX-55 is rated at 104 watts and the Athlon 64 4000+ at 89 watts.

If you're after the best overall application performance for your system, then the single-core Athlon 64 chips will do, but if you're after blazing gaming performance, then the P4 EE 3.46GHz chip has a slight advantage.

Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?