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

By, Marco Chiappetta
January 6, 2004

Our next batch of testing will focus on professional 3D rendering performance.  For the first test, we used the latest version of SPECviewperf, v7.1.  SPECviewperf is a program used to test a workstation's OpenGL rendering performance with 6 different modules.  This benchmark shows significant performance gains with increased overall system bandwidth.  SPECBench.Org explains what SPECviewperf does to test performance.

"Viewperf parses command lines and data files, sets the rendering state, and converts data sets to a format that can be traversed using OpenGL rendering calls. It renders the data set for a pre-specified amount of time or number of frames with animation between frames. Finally, it outputs the results."

SPECviewperf v7.1 Performance Tests
The Dancing Jugglers Return!

Each module, except the ugs-03 and light-06 modules, show the  3.2GHz Pentium 4 and the Athlon XP 3200+ with performance advantages over the Athlon 64s.  We've come to learn that the nForce 3 is the cause of the Athlon 64's relatively poor performance in this benchmark though, so don't be too put off by the results.  When tested on a VIA K8T800 board, like Asus' SK8V, the A64s perform much better.  When the A64's are compared to each other, the 3400+ traded victories with the much more expensive FX-51.

KribiBench v1.1 Performance Tests
3D Modeling Tests

Next up, we used Adept Development's KribiBench benchmark.  KribiBench is an SSE aware software renderer, similar to the CPU test in 3DMark03.  A 3D model is rendered and animated by the host CPU and the average frames per second are reported.  We used two of the included models with this benchmark; an Office model consisting of 42K polygons and a gigantic "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16G (million) polygons!

With KribiBench's Office model, the Athlon 64 3400+ outran both of the 3200s, but the 3.2GHz Pentium 4 and FX-51 were in a league of their own.  The 3.2GHz P4 topped the FX-51 by about 8%, which surpassed the Athlon 64 3400+ by 20.1%.  With the far more taxing Ultra model, the 3400+ and FX-51 performed similarly, with only .003 FPS separating them, but the P4 pulled way ahead, besting both of them by nearly 35%.

Cinebench 2003 Performance Tests
3D Modeling Tests

The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application.  This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene.  The time it took each test system to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below (listed in seconds).

The Pentium 4 had a significant performance advantage in the Cinebench 2003 benchmark as well, finishing the scene 5.2 seconds ahead of the Athlon 64 FX-51.  The Athlon 64 3400+ also performed well in this test, coming in a little less than 2 seconds behind the second place finisher, the FX-51.  We should also mention that this benchmark recognizes HyperThreading enabled P4s at 2 separate CPUs.  If we ran this test in dual-CPU mode, the P4 finished rendering the scene in only 68 seconds.

Some Gaming Scores & The Conclusion

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