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

    Business Winstone 2002 Performance

    The Business Winstone 2002 suite from ZD Labs is an application-based PC benchmark that uses business tasks like word processing, spreadsheets, web browsing and formatting, as well as file compression, anti-virus scanning and email. This suite of programs are run from a batch script that attempts to accurately emulate a business system load, then supplies a final performance rating.

    The Athlon XP 3000+ maintains AMD's lead in the all-important Business Winstone testing. AMD processors have long been the highest performing in office tasks, and the new Barton shows its legs and surpasses the Pentium 4-3.06 GHz by a nice margin.

    Content Creation Winstone 2003 Performance

    Content Creation Winstone 2003 is another new benchmark from ZD/PC Mag, and is one that uses Windows XP as the intended platform. Its demanding applications and exceptional stability makes it a great match for our high-end testing and a valuable tool when determining system performance levels using cutting-edge hardware and software.

    While AMD stole the show in Business Winstone testing, it's Intel's turn to shine on the Content Creation side. The lead is very significant, and it's also interesting to note that the Athlon XP 3000+ Barton loses out by a hair to the Athlon XP 2800+ Thoroughbred.

    MPEG2 Encoding Performance

    To test the MPEG2 processing power of our assembled CPUs, we've taken the MPEG Encoder from MainConcept (which can utilize Hyper-Threading), loaded a 60-MB AVI file and then taken the processing time it takes to encode an MPEG2 file.

    This is clearly Intel's show (as it was in Content Creation testing) and its multimedia and video processing power is quite obvious. It's also interesting that the Athlon XP 3000+ actually takes a hair longer to process the MPEG2 files than the Athlon XP 2800+.

    * Noted in Seconds: Shorter = Faster

    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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