Intel Pentium MMX vs Pentium IIby Anand Lal Shimpi on July 19, 1997 7:42 AM EST
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|Intel Pentium MMX||Intel Pentium II|
|Chip - Standard Clock Speed/Bus Speed||Intel Pentium MMX - 233/66||Intel Pentium II MMX - 266/66|
|Chip - Overclocked Speed/Bus Speed||Intel Pentium MMX - 290/83||Intel Pentium II MMX - 300/66|
|Motherboard||Shuttle HOT-569||Megatrends FX83-A|
|Voltage Setting||3.30v Vio & Vcore||N/A|
|RAM||2 x 32MB Megatrends SDRAM DIMMs||2 x 32MB Micron 50ns EDO SIMMs|
|HDD||Western Digital Caviar (1.6GB)||Western Digital Caviar (1.6GB)|
|Video||Matrox Millennium (2MB WRAM)||Matrox Millennium (2MB WRAM)|
|System Cooling||Enlight 7230 ATX Tower
1.5" Heatsink/Fan Combo
|Enlight 7230 ATX Tower
Windows 95 Performance
Pentium MMX vs Pentium II
Business Winstone 97
|Test||Intel Pentium MMX||Intel Pentium II|
|Business Winstone 97||57.6||66.5|
|High End Winstone 97||Failed||34.4|
The Pentium MMX at 290.5, although clocked at a speed about 3% greater than the Pentium MMX 300, provided excellent competition. Its Business Winstone score of 57.6, although 8.9 points lower than the Pentium II at 300, is extremely good for a processor lacking any onchip (or in this case, "on card" cache). The difference between the CPUMark scores is very small, except whe ndealing with 32bit scores, the Pentium II's strongpoint. Who would've guessed that a < $300 chip could perform almost as well as a > $700 chip...both made by the same company! The only problem I see here is getting the Pentium MMX stable at 290.5MHz, when testing it, the system crashed a few times however I believe most of the crashes were caused by inefficient cooling (I didn't use any thermal compound). I picked the Shuttle HOT-569 to conduct the tests on because of its excellent performance and stability with the Pentium MMX at 290.5 as well as its SDRAM support. I chose the Megatrends FX83-A for all of the Pentium II tests since it is the fastest performing Pentium II motherboard I have tested so far, and it continues to prove its excellence in the Quake tests below...although you do get to see some interesting results...
WinQuake Performance Pentium MMX vs
Business Winstone 97
|Resolution||Intel Pentium MMX||Intel Pentium II|
|320 x 200||61.9 fps||57.3 fps|
|512 x 384||25.9 fps||35.8 fps|
|640 x 400||25.9 fps||31.7 fps|
|640 x 480||22.4 fps||31.7 fps|
Why would a processor, almost twice the price of its supposedly lower performing counterpart, be outshown by it? Yep, the results say it all, at the 320 x 200 resolution under Quake the Pentium MMX at 290.5MHz is FASTER than the Pentium II! Although that trend doesn't continue to the higher resolutions, if you feel that 320 x 200 is the only resolution you want to play at there is no point in choosing the Pentium II over the Pentium MMX. I should note that I didn't use any third party performance enhancing utilities (i.e. FastVid) so I could get a raw comparison of both identically configured systems. The Pentium II rules the 512 x 384 and higher resolutions under WinQuake (or Regular Quake for that matter) however the Pentium MMX is still the fastest GLQuake performer out there (the Pentium II doesn't work too well with the voodoofx chipset).
Real World FPU Tests Pentium MMX vs
Truespace3 Render Times
|Chip||Render Time (lower is better)|
|Intel Pentium II - 233||13:82s|
|Intel Pentium II - 266||11:51s|
|Intel Pentium II - 300||10:30s|
|Intel Pentium MMX 233||14:11s|
|Intel Pentium MMX 262.5||12:14s|
|Intel Pentium MMX 290.5||10:83s|
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bankerdude - Thursday, February 9, 2012 - link"if you feel that 320 x 200 is the only resolution you want to play at there is no point in choosing the Pentium II over the Pentium MMX."
320 x 200 is DEFINITELY the only resolution I want to play at!!!! Love these old articles- really puts today's technology in perspective. 320 x 200 on a PHONE is considered old news today!
mons2b - Saturday, October 15, 2016 - linkAnd in 2016 I am reading it. Lol. I agree, I like it when they keep the old articles live. Pentium II is quite a cool CPU. Comes in a cartridge a little like the games you used to get on the old consoles. :). Probably wont see a CPU like that again.
ssnjimb - Thursday, December 31, 2020 - linkIm reading this in 2020 hehehhe :-)
NewBro - Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - linkHow far we have come along in close to 20 years.....
Saabovich - Sunday, January 22, 2017 - linkWhy are so many of us reading this article in late 2016/2017?? haha
Hixbot - Monday, July 16, 2018 - linkI came for purchasing advice, naturally.
Random Stranger - Monday, November 19, 2018 - linkI'm planning on buying a Pentium MMX, so curious. Though my Pentium 2 clocks az 350MHz so there is no contest.
Rui Az - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - linkI just bought a Pentium III :)) I am from the time of the 8086, my first intel PC. Nostalgia
stefanuccio - Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - linkI remember at the times my friend used to play quake on a pentium 133, and it ran smoothly.
Now i find out that even pentium 2 @300mhz could handle it