AMD's Athlon 64 FX-51

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AMD's Athlon 64 FX51 - Page 7

By, Marco Chiappetta
And Dave Altavilla
September 23, 2003

To test "real world" Business Desktop 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."

Benchmarks With Business Winstone 2002
Real World Application Performance

The Business Winstone 2002 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 64 FX-51 decisively outperformed the competition in the Business Winstone 2002 benchmark.  It's first place score of 43.7 put it 13.2% ahead of the second place finisher, the 3.2GHz Extreme Edition P4.  Athlons have always been strong performers in this test.  Seeing the Athlon 64 FX-51 with an 18.4% clock-for-clock performance advantage over the 3200+ was very impressive and substantiated the very "snappy" and responsive feel that our Athlon 64 FX-51 test system had.

Benchmarks With Content Creation Winstone 2002
Real World Content Creation Application Performance

Next we ran some tests with ZD's Content Creation Winstone 2002 v1.0.1.  This benchmark also run a series of scripted activities similar to the Business Winstone tests, but the applications 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)

We saw more of the same in the Content Creation Winstone 2002 benchmark.  The Athlon 64 FX-51 outpaced the Extreme Edition 3.2GHz Pentium 4 by about 15%, which beat the standard 3.2GHz P4 by approximately 9%.  Once again, the FX-51 posted a Winstone score that was strikingly 18.9% faster, than the similarly clocked Athlon XP3200+.  The advances AMD has made with the Athlon 64 FX-51 have paid huge dividends.  Gaming and real world Business Application performance, with the Athlon 64 FX-51, is fantastic.

Benchmarks With CliBench MKIII SMP
Number Crunching

CliBench is a simple benchmark suite, portions of which were self developed by Daemonware, while others are slightly modified versions of industry standard benchmarks.  With CliBench, users can check their CPU, FPU and memory performance.  It is also fully multithreaded, so you can easily check SMP systems with up to 128 processors.  We ran all of CliBench's processor tests on all of the tests system, configured to use 2 threads.

You'd think that with the multithreaded nature of this benchmark, the Hyperthreading enabled Pentium 4 would have an advantage, but that did not turn out to be the case.  The Dhrystone 2.1, Matrix Operations and Floating point tests belonged to the FX-51, while the P4 excelled in the Whetstone and Number Crunch tests.  The Athlon XP 3200+ even pulled off a win in the Eight Queens Problem.  The memory throughput test seems to have hit its limit with this current generation of hardware, maxing out on the P4 and FX-51.

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