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The AMD Athlon 64 3400+:
The Athlon 64 Gets Its First Speed Bump...

By, Marco Chiappetta
January 6, 2004

Synthetic benchmarks don't paint a completely accurate picture of performance, so we put the Athlon 64 3400+ to the test in some "real world" scenarios as well.  For our first real world test, we did some video encoding with all five of the test systems.  To get these scores listed below, we took a 24MB, standard MPEG 2 format video clip and converted it to DivX format using v5.1 of the CODEC with XMPEG v5.02.  The results are reported in Minutes:Seconds, lower numbers equal better performance.

XMPEG Encoding Benchmarks & Comparisons
Video Encoding

As we've seen in the past, the Athlon 64's larger cache don't give them a significant advantage over the older Athlon XP 3200+.  The FX-51, Athlon 64 3400+ and Athlon XP 3200+ are clocked at the same 2.2GHz, and their performances in this test are very similar.  The FX-51 finished just barely ahead of the 3400+, followed by the XP 3200+.  The Athlon 64 3200+ came in about 7 seconds behind the XP.  The 3.2GHz Pentium 4, however, couldn't be touched.  With a time of 3:37 it was a full 14 seconds faster than the FX-51.

ZD Business & Content Creation Winstones
Simulated Application Performance

Next up, we used ZD Labs' Business Winstone 2002 and Content Creation Winstone 2002 benchmarks to test "Real World" performance with some popular applications.  We'll directly quote ZD's eTestingLabs website for an explanation as to what exactly these tests do to determine the final score:

"Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP2 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores." (CC Winstone is comprised of different applications, but uses similar scripted activities)

Business Winstone 2002:
  • Five Microsoft Office 2002 applications (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Word)
  • Microsoft Project 2000
  • Lotus Notes
  • WinZip 8.0
  • Norton Antivirus
  • Netscape Communicator
Content Creation Winstone 2002:
  • Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1
  • Adobe Premiere 6.0
  • Macromedia Director 8.5
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder
  • Netscape Navigator 6/6.01
  • Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)

The Business and Content Creation Winstone benchmarks belonged to the Athlons, hands down.  In the Business Winstone tests, the Athlon XP 3400+ came in just barely behind the dominant FX-51, followed by the Athlon 64 3200+.  The Athlon XP 3200+ performed well also, besting the 3.2GHz Pentium 4.  The performance landscape remained unchanged in the Content Creation tests, with the P4 getting outperformed by the Athlons, but the FX-51's 128-Bit memory interface, as opposed to the "standard" A64's 64-Bit interface, helped it surge way ahead of the competition.

SPECviewperf & 3D Rendering

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