AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 And X2 5000+ Socket AM2, nForce 590 SLI & ATI RD580
For this next batch of tests, we ran Kribibench v1.1, a 3D rendering benchmark produced by the folks at Adept Development. Kribibench is an SSE aware software renderer where a 3D model is rendered and animated by the host CPU, and the average frame rate is reported.
We used two of the included models with this benchmark: a "Sponge Explode" model consisting of over 19.2 million polygons the test suite's "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polys.
Additional memory bandwidth comes in handy for the AM2 platform with Kribibench's easier to digest "Sponge" model. At like clock speeds, the nForce 590 FX-60 system offers a bit more performance than the FX-60 running on NF4 SLI. The NF590 SLI chipset also manages to overtake RD580 slightly as well.
The larger 2MB per core cache sizes offer an advantage for the Pentium EE 965 in the Ultra test since rendering workloads thrash heavily in and out of system memory while Kribibench's "Ultra" cityscape flips by at a slide show like frame rate. Regardless, the FX-62 and EE 965 are pretty much neck-and-neck in this test while the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ holds its own with similarly clock FX core CPUs.