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    AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Barton Review
    By Vince Freeman :  February 10, 2003


    The Athlon XP 3000+ is a high-end desktop processor, so we're taking it up against the fastest from both Intel and AMD. These include the Pentium 4-3.06 GHz HT, 2.8 GHz and 2.53 GHz CPUs, along with the Athlon XP 2800+, 2700+ and 2600+ Thoroughbred models. Each of the AMD comparison processors also runs on the 333 MHz front-side bus.

    Our AMD platform has been upgraded to the NVIDIA nForce2 (ASUS A7N8X Deluxe), while in terms of the Pentium 4 choice, we were torn between the new E7205 dual-channel DDR266 chipset and the venerable i850E RDRAM-powered system. In our initial comparison testing, the E7205-powered MSI GNB Max was the clear gaming and system benchmark winner over the Intel i850E motherboard, so we went that route. By going with the E7205 for the Intel side, this AMD vs. Intel comparison now has the added benefit of pitting two AGP 8X, dual-DDR platforms against each other in a no-holds barred fight to the finish. There will be no "it only has AGP 4X" excuses, no second chances, just an even-up brawl between two equivalent platforms and processors.

    We used two sticks of Corsair DDR400 for the test platforms, ensuring proper installation to enable dual-channel functionality. All memory timings have been set to maximum (CAS2, etc.) allowed at the clock speed. Our 3D video card is once again the powerful ATI Radeon 9700 Pro (using Catalyst 3.0 drivers) which gives ample headroom for these high-end CPUs to really show their stuff.

    The operating system has been moved to the now-standard Windows XP Pro SP1 revision, and our benchmark list once again features a wide range of system and gaming tests. These include Business Winstone 2002, Content Creation Winstone 2003, PCMark 2002, along with popular 3D game tests like Unreal Tournament 2003, 3DMark 2001SE, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Quake 3, Serious Sam 2 and Comanche 4. Our default game benchmark setting is 1024x768x32, which is high enough for comparison, but still perfect for CPU-related comparisons.

    Test Systems

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 16-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    AMD Platform:
    NVIDIA nForce2 - ASUS A7N8X Deluxe Motherboard
    Processor: Athlon XP 3000+ (Barton), 2800+, 2700+ & 2600
    Memory: 2 x 256-MB Corsair PC3200 DIMM
    Motherboard: ASUS A7N8X Deluxe +
    Motherboard chip set: nForce2
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 3.0
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

    Intel Platform:
    Intel E7205 - MSI GNB Max Motherboard
    Processors: Pentium 4-3.06, 2.8 and 2.53 GHz
    Memory: 2 x 256-MB Corsair PC3200 DIMM
    Motherboard: MSI GNB Max
    Motherboard chip set: Intel E7205
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 3.0
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    Hard-Drive: Western Digital 40GB 7200RPM ATA100
    IDE Interface: Ultra ATA/100
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.30 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Sound Disabled
    Video Modes Tested
    : Normal: Defaults, 16-bit
    High Quality: Defaults
    Max: High Quality Default

    Return to Castle Wolfenstein Specifics:
    Version 1.0
    Normal and HQ Defaults
    Checkpoint MP demo

    Serious Sam: The Second Encounter Specifics:
    Version 1.05
    Elephant Atrium demo

    3DMark 2001 Pro SE Specifics
    : Version 1.0 Patched

    Content Creation: Winstone 2003 Test Specifics:
    Version: 1.0

    Business Winstone 2002 Test Specifics:
    Version 1.0.1
    PCMark 2002 Pro Test Specifics:
    Build 100

    Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The Athlon XP 3000+ Barton
  • Page 3 Performance and Test Systems
    Page 4 Business and Content Creation Winstone Performance
    Page 5 PCMark 2002 and MPEG4 Encoding Performance
    Page 6 3DMark 2001SE, Quake 3 & Serious Sam 2 Performance
    Page 7 Castle Wolfenstein, Comanche 4 & UT 2003 Performance
    Page 8 Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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