AMD Athlon XP 3000+

The AMD Athlon XP 3000+ - Page 3

The AMD Athlon XP 3000+:
A 2.16GHz CPU with 512K L2 Cache
Has AMD Done Enough to Take The Speed Crown From Intel?

By, Marco Chiappetta
and Chris Angelini
February 10, 2003

We also did some video encoding with the Athlon XP 3000+ and other test systems.  We took a 19MB, standard MPEG 2 format video clip of a classic TV show and converted it to DivX format using the v5.02 of the CODEC installed (Note: We ran this same test with the most recent version of the DivX CODEC, v5.03, and saw a huge drop in performance, so we reverted back to v5.02).  Here are the results.

XMPEG Encoding Benchmarks & Comparisons
Video Encoding

XMpeg is a multi-threaded application that really demonstrates the benefit of Intel's Hyper-Threading technology found in the P4 3.06GHz. To put it simply, Hyper-Threading makes one physical CPU appear as two virtual processors, which allows it to process two threads simultaneously.  The P4 2.8GHz also performs very well in this test, outpacing the 3000+ by over 12FPS.  The 3000+ is only slightly faster than the similarly clocked 2700+, it appears XMpeg doesn't benefit much from the increased L2 cache available on the 3000+.

ZD Business & Content Creation Winstones
Simulated Application Performance

To test "Real World" application performance, we used ZD Labs' Business Winstone 2002 v1.0.1 benchmark.  We'll directly quote ZD's eTestingLabs website for an explanation as to exactly what this test is comprised of:

"Business Winstone is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP2 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores."

The Business Winstone tests include:

  • Five Microsoft Office 2002 applications (Access, Excel, FrontPage, PowerPoint, and Word)

  • Microsoft Project 2000

  • Lotus Notes

  • WinZip 8.0

  • Norton Antivirus

  • Netscape Communicator

The Athlon XP 3000+ scores it's first real win the Business Winstone tests.  The 3000+ squeaked past the 3.06GHz P4 by .4 points, and came in almost 2 full points ahead of the 2.8GHz P4.  Here, the 256K of extra cache really helps the 3000+ outpace the 2700+.  The 3000+ was able to surpass the 2700+ by 13% in this test, even though both CPUs were clocked at the same speed.

Next we ran some tests with ZD's Content Creation Winstone 2002 v1.0.1.  This benchmark series of scripted activities similar to the Business Winstone tests, but the application used in the Content Creation tests are far more "bandwidth hungry".  The applications used in the Content Creation Winstone 2002 tests include:

  • Adobe Photoshop 6.0.1

  • Adobe Premiere 6.0

  • Macromedia Director 8.5

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4

  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder

  • Netscape Navigator 6/6.01

  • Sonic Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)

In the Content Creation tests, the Athlon XP 3000+ outperformed all of our other test systems by a sizable margin.  The applications and routines executed in this benchmark benefit greatly by the "Barton" core's increased L2 cache.  The Athlon XP 3000+ surged past the P4 3.06 by over 11%, and beat the 2700+ by almost 17%.

SPECviewperf & Some Gaming Scores

Tags:  AMD, Athlon, XP, AM

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