Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965: Not Just A Speed Bump

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3ds Max & WME Standalone

We continued our testing of the new Pentium Extreme Edition 965 processor with a few more tests that are part of the Worldbench 5.0 suite. Up next we have some performance results of WB 5.0's 3Ds Max (Direct 3D) test. A number of different 3D objects are rendered and animated in this test, and the entire time needed to complete the tasks is recorded. As is the case with all of the individual Worldbench tests, a lower score here indicates better performance.

PC World's World Bench 5.0: 3ds Max
More Real-World Application Performance

Worldbench 5.0's 3DStudioMax benchmark tells essentially the same story as the Photoshop 7.0 test on the previous page. In this benchmark, the new Pentium Extreme Edition 965 is the fastest of the Intel-built processors, but AMD's Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and FX-60 had clear 20 to 30 second advantages.

Windows Media Encoder 9
Digital Video Encoding

For our next text, we moved onto a benchmark based on Windows Media Encoder 9.  PC WorldBench 5's Windows Media Encoding test reports encoding times in seconds, and like the tests above and on the previous page, lower times indicate better performance.

The Windows Media Encoder benchmark tells a similar story as well. In this test, the Pentium Extreme Edition 965 finished the encoding process a full 20 seconds faster then the 955XE, but again the Athlons finished in the first and second positions. The Athlon 64 X2 4800+ finished about 14 seconds faster than the 965XE, and the FX-60 came in a full 30 seconds faster.

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