AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 - Finally, An Enthusiast's Dual Core
Cinebench Rendering & 3DMark05 CPU Test
Cinebench 2003 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D from Maxon. 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).
In this test the Athlon 64 FX-57 put up the best single threaded score of the bunch and the fastest multi-threaded score went easily to the Athlon 64 FX-60. As you'll note, we also tossed in an overclocked score of the FX-60 at 3GHz, to give you a taste of speeds bins to come perhaps. The Pentium EE 955 put up a solid showing, neck and neck with the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ but was in turn then trumped by the stock speed Athlon 64 FX-60 with its 6% performance lead.
Easing gently into our gaming benchmark line-up, we have 3DMark05's built-in CPU test. This is a multi-threaded synthetic DirectX benchmark that's useful for comparing relative performance between 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. Calculations normally reserved for the system's 3D graphics GPU, are instead sent to the central processor via software. The number of frames rendered per second in each test are used to determine the final weighted score.
The CPU test built-into 3DMark05 is another multi-threaded test that shows the benefits of a dual-core processor. In this test, the Pentium Extreme Edition 955 posted the highest score of the bunch, nudging past the AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 by 100 points or so and past the X2 4800+ by 180 points, or roughly 2.7%. Beyond that, the scores are self explanatory but in general, the average score between the Athlon 64s in this test was slightly higher overall than the Pentium Extreme Editions we tested.