benchmarks get tougher with the SPECviewperf
OpenGL System Rendering Performance
suite. These are truly "Pro"
applications that are being utilized in this battery
of tests. Many of the applications used here
are in fact the tools of Mechanical Engineers and
CAD Designers around the world. Here are a
some details on the individual tests we ran in this
viewset is a complete update of the CDRS-03 viewset.
It is intended to model the graphics performance of
Parametric Technology Corporation's Pro/DESIGNER
industrial design software. The viewset
consists of ten tests, each of which represents a
different mode of operation within Pro/DESIGNER. Two
of the tests use a wireframe model, and the rest use
a shaded model. Each test returns a result in frames
per second, and a composite score is calculated as a
weighted geometric mean of the individual test
results. The tests are weighted to represent the
typical proportion of time a user would spend in
Visualizer from Alias/Wavefront
is an integrated workstation-based 3D animation
system that offers a comprehensive set of tools for
3D modeling, animation, rendering, image
composition, and video output. Each
test returns a result in frames per second, and a
composite score is calculated as a weighted
geometric mean of the individual test results."
Head To Head Testing Of The Pentium 4
speed versus the AMD Athlon
again, the Pentium 4 posts respectable numbers
versus the AMD Athlon at 1.33GHz. but clearly it
struggles to keep up. In AWadvs the race is
much closer. Again, the memory and bus
bandwidth demands of this test allow the P4 to flex
its muscle a bit more but the Athlon and DDR SDRAM
system puts out a commendable performance.
work, let's relax a little more with some gaming
tests. But first, we have the Gamer's Work
Horse Benchmark, 3DMark 2001.
now, things are pretty much neck and neck
here. The P4 at 1.9GHz. shows a slight lead
over the Athlon and in return, the Athlon shows a
slight lead over the P4 at 1.7GHz. In any
event, the variance in scores here is most likely
imperceptible to the end user, from a performance
standpoint, within the gaming engines used in the
we dropped the resolution and color depth down so
that the graphics card could run flat out without
being the bottleneck and thus isolating host
processor performance better. The numbers
speak for themselves. The 1.7GHz. P4 is bested
here as well by the 1.33GHz. Athlon.
3, Dronez, and our final thoughts...