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Cinebench 2003 & 3DMark05: CPU

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). 

Cinebench 2003 Performance Tests
3D Modeling & Rendering Tests

We ran two sets of numbers here, one in single-thread mode, and another in the benchmark's multi-thread mode. Please note that single-core Athlon 64s are only capable of running the single-thread test, hence the "WNR" listed for each A64 powered system in the graph below. HyperThreading enabled Pentium processors, and the new Athlon 64 X2 4800+ are fully capable of running this test in its multi-thread mode, however.

Cinebench 2003 Running on the
Pentium Extreme Edition 840
(Four Simultaneous Threads)

Cinebench 2003 Running on the
Athon 64 X2 4800+
(Two Simultaneous Threads)

In single CPU mode, the Athlon 64s take the top three positions and within their own field, post scores that scale with their particular clock speeds.  However the multi-threaded - multi CPU test, shows a much different picture.  As we can see in the Pentium 4 Extreme Edition cores, Hyperthreading helps the single core P4 but not nearly as much as having two hardware CPU resources available for processing.  The 3.2GHz Pentium 840 puts up an impressive score at 43 seconds only to be passed by with the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ clocking in a couple of seconds ahead.  Again, this is a smallish, more or less insignificant difference between the dual core scores but when you consider the new Athlon 64 X2 is clocked 800MHz slower than the Pentium 840, it's an even more impressive margin of victory.

Futuremark 3DMark05 - CPU Test
Simulated DirectX Gaming Performance

It may not be an actual game, but 3DMark05'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 host processor.  The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.

3DMark 05 is another benchmark with parts that are multi-threaded and take advantage of either Hyperthreading, Multi-CPU based systems or dual core CPUs.  Parts of the test specifically have multi-threaded AI functionality and as a result again, we've always seen the Pentium 4 shine in this test.  However, with the introduction of the Athlon 64 X2, it's AMD's time for a day in the sun with 3DMark 05 and it does manage to best the Pentium 840 score by about 2-3%.

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