AMD Athlon 64 FX-55 & Athlon 64 4000+
Cinebench 2003 & Kribibench
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. This is a multithreaded, multiprocessor 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 multithread mode for our Hyper-Threading-enabled P4 test systems. The Athlons are only capable of running the single thread test, hence the "WNR"s in the graph below.
The Athlon 64 FX-55 outpaced all of the other test systems in Cinebench 2003's single-thread test, besting Intel's 3.4GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition by over four seconds. However, Hyper-Threading-enabled Pentium 4 processors appear as two separate CPUs to a multithreaded application such as this one. Rerunning the test with Cinebench 2003 in its multithreaded mode shaved quite a bit of time off of the Pentium 4 results, which allowed them to pull ahead of the AMD processors.
Next up, we used the KribiBench benchmark produced by Adept Development. KribiBench is an SSE aware software renderer. 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 42,000 polygons and an absolutely gargantuan "Ultra" model that comprises over 16 million polygons!
When using the less-demanding "Office" model, the Pentium 4 560-based system and the Athlon 64 FX-55-based system performed at similar levels, with the 3.4GHz Extreme Edition taking a slight lead over both. The 4000+ finished well behind both of the Intel systems. With the monstrous "Ultra" model, the Intel-based systems took a bigger lead, outpacing the fastest AMD based system by at least 9.4%.