By, Marco Chiappetta
May 13, 2003
Our next batch of testing was done with the latest version of SPECviewperf, v7.1. SPECviewperf is a program used to test a workstation's OpenGL rendering performance. This is another benchmark that shows significant performance gains with increased overall system bandwidth. SPECBench.Org explains what this benchmark does to test performance:
|"Viewperf parses command lines and data files, sets the rendering state, and converts data sets to a format that can be traversed using OpenGL rendering calls. It renders the data set for a pre-specified amount of time or number of frames with animation between frames. Finally, it outputs the results." |
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| SPECviewperf v7.1 Performance Tests |
| 3D Modeling Tests |
The Athlon XP 3200+ performed very well in this test, swapping the first place position with the P4 3.0C in most of the modules. All of the scores fall where you'd expect them to, with the exception of the "3dsmax-02" result. Even though the processors were tested with identical system configurations, the 3000+ pulled slightly ahead of the 3200+. The performance delta was so minute it falls well within the "margin of error" for this test though...
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| Futuremark 3DMark03 Tests |
| Some Synthetic DirectX Gaming Scores |
We have also included some numbers from Futuremark's controversial "DirectX 9" benchmark, 3DMark03. We used 3DMark03's default test which runs at 1024x768x32. The overall "3DMark" score and the CPU Performance scores are listed below.
If you look at the overall 3DMark score, two things become abundantly clear. One, CPU performance has relatively little impact on the overall score. And two, the Athlon XP 3200+ and the P4 3.0C posted the exact same score! Looking at the CPU Performance results tells a different story, however. The 3200+ outperformed the 3000+ and the P4 3.06 by 9.8% and 4.3% respectively, but it didn't have enough juice to overtake the P4 3.0C. The P4 3.0C, with its 800MHz system bus, stayed out in front by 3.7%
Some Game Scores & The Conclusion