In Quake III Arena, the Pentium III 933MHz picks up where the 866MHz left off. The "Coppermine" core once again shows off how well it scales all the way from 667MHz-1Ghz. The 933MHz outperformed the Athlon 1GHz by a significant margin of 10.8fps and at 119.7fps wasn't too far off the Pentium III 1GHz either. The Athlon 950MHz also falls a little behind the 933MHz, proving that, at higher clock speeds, the Pentium III has a significant advantage in Quake III Arena. As we've stated in previous reviews, this is ultimately due to the Pentium's full-speed on-die L2 cache, which keeps the Pentium's core well fed with data and instructions while the Athlon sits hungry, waiting for more. When AMD ships their Athlons with the new "Thunderbird" (later on this summer) core and its full speed on-die cache, the Pentium III will likely have a strong challenger at high clock speeds, but by then, Intel's Willamette won't be far behind. The big wheel keeps on turning… [break]Bij Thresh's FiringSquad wilden ze weleens testen of dit beestje de 1000Mhz kan trekken... Nou helaas niet dus; zelfs na het uppen van het voltage naar 1.85V kwam het ding niet verder dan 952MHz [/break] We were very anxious to see how high the chip would overclock. Would we finally be able to break the gigahertz barrier? At 933MHz, a measly 10% overclock would put us over the top.
We whipped out our trusty golden orb cooler, our tube of thermal paste, the BE6-II, an Abit Slocket III and then we went to work. Unfortunately, we were only able to get the processor up to 952MHz. Yes, you read that correctly. We were only able to increase the FSB 3MHz above the standard 133MHz FSB speed even after we raised the voltage from 1.70V to 1.85V. At first we thought that the Voodoo 5 couldn't handle the overclocked AGP bus, but we determined that it wasn't the Voodoo's fault after a little testing. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.