AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 & 3800+: Socket 939 Has Arrived

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Cinebench 2003 & 3DMark03



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 and tracks the length of the entire process.  The time it took each test system to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below (listed in seconds).  We ran two sets of numbers, one in single-thread mode, and another in the benchmark's multi-thread mode for our HyperThreading enabled P4 test systems.  The Athlons are only capable of running the single thread test, hence the "WNR"s in the graph below.

Cinebench 2003 Performance Tests
3D Modeling and Rendering Tests

In Cinebench's single-threaded tests, the new FX-53 and 3800+ hung tight with the 3.4GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and Northwood, with all four of the systems finishing the test within a fraction of a second of each other.  The multi-threaded tests, however, belonged to the Pentium 4s.  The P4's HyperThreading feature allows it to process 2 threads simultaneously in this test, providing a 20 - 25% performance increase.  This ability helped the P4's surge ahead of the fastest AMD system by over 11 seconds in this benchmark.

DirectX Gaming Performance - Sort Of

It's not an actual game, but 3DMark03's built-in CPU test is a "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance among similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer, which is dependant on the host CPU's performance.  This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator, are instead sent to the central processor.  The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.

AMD's current flagship processors walk away with another victory in the 3DMark03 CPU benchmark.  With a score of 883, the Socket 939 Athlon 64 FX-53 finished about 9% ahead of the 3.4GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and about 18% ahead of the 3.4GHz Prescott.  The 3800+ also performed very well in this test, outpacing Intel's best performer by over 4.5%.

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