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    AMD Athlon 64 3400+ Processor Review
    By Vince Freeman :  January 6, 2004

    Performance

    The Athlon 64 3400+ is looking to take charge in the high-end mainstream market, so its natural competitors would include the Pentium 4-3.2 and 3.0 GHz. This is where the real price-performance battle will be waged, but just for added comparison, we've also included the Athlon 64 FX-51 for a look at the current AMD high-end, and the Athlon XP 3200+ for a nod to AMD's fastest model from their last generation of CPUs.

    The system platforms are also decidedly high-end within the respective classes. The Athlon 64 3400+ gets a new VIA K8T800 motherboard, while the Pentium 4-3.2 and 3.0 GHz make use of the powerful Intel 875P platform. Add in the Athlon 64 FX-51 running on an nForce3 Pro150 motherboard and the Athlon XP 3200+/nForce2 mainstay, and we've got the makings of a very fast set of reference systems. We've also added in a RAID configuration of dual-Seagate SATA 7200 RPM drives up the performance ante for the Athlon 64 3400+, Pentium 4 and Athlon XP test rigs, while a similarly-equipped pair of SATA WD drives powered the Athlon 64 FX-51's RAID setup.

    The video card for our main test suite is the Radeon 9800XT, which is about as fast as you can get in the 3D gaming arena. We've also updated to the new Catalyst 3.10 drivers, along with Direct X 9.0b, and our reference operating system is Windows XP Pro SP1.

    The benchmark list once again features a wide range of system, CPU, memory, and gaming tests. These include the brand-new revisions of Business Winstone 2004, Content Creation Winstone 2004, PCMark 2004 and SiSoft SANDRA 2004, TMPGEnc Plus for MPEG-1 and -2 encoding, along with popular 3D game tests like AquaMark 3, Unreal Tournament 2003, 3DMark 2003, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. X2 Demo, Quake 3, and Comanche 4. Our default game benchmark setting is 1024x768x32, which is demanding enough for comparisons and more realistic as an actual gameplay resolution, but is still prime territory for CPU-related testing.

    * Please note that unless otherwise stated, all performance graph results equate to the standard "higher is better" routine.

    Test Systems

    General Settings:
    Desktop Resolution: 1024x768
    Color Depth: 32-bit
    V-Sync: Disabled

    Athlon 64 3400+ Reference System:
    Processor: Athlon 64 3400+
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB DDR400 DIMM
    Motherboard: MSI K8T Neo-FIS2R
    Motherboard chip set: VIA K8T800
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 3.10
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800XT 256-MB
    Hard-Drive: Dual Seagate ST3160023AS Hard Drives in RAID 0 Mode
    IDE Interface: Serial ATA-150
    CD/DVD: AOpen Combo Drive
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    DirectX 9.0b
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

    Pentium 4 Reference System:
    Processors: Pentium 4-3.2 and 3.0 GHz
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB DDR400 DIMM
    Motherboard: ASUS PC800 Deluxe
    Motherboard chip set: Intel 875P
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 3.10
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800XT 256-MB
    Hard-Drive: Dual Seagate ST3160023AS Hard Drives in RAID 0 Mode
    IDE Interface: Serial ATA-150
    CD/DVD: AOpen Combo Drive
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    DirectX 9.0b
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

    Athlon 64 FX-51 Reference System:
    Processor: Athlon 64 FX-51
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB Registered DDR400 DIMM
    Motherboard: ASUS SK8N Deluxe
    Motherboard chip set: nForce3 Pro150
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 3.10
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800XT 256-MB
    Hard-Drive: Dual Western Digital SE Hard Drives in RAID 0 Mode
    IDE Interface: Serial ATA-150
    CD/DVD: Sony DVD-ROM
    Power Supply: ANTEC 430 Watt
    DirectX 9.0b
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

    Athlon XP 3200+ Reference System:
    Processors: Athlon XP 3200+
    Memory: 2 x 512-MB DDR400 DIMM
    Motherboard: ASUS A7N8X Deluxe
    Motherboard chip set: NVIDIA nForce2
    ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 3.10
    Video Card: ATI Radeon 9800XT 256-MB
    Hard-Drive: Dual Seagate ST3160023AS Hard Drives (8-MB) in RAID 0 Mode
    IDE Interface: Serial ATA-150
    CD/DVD: AOpen Combo Drive
    Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
    DirectX 9.0b
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

    Quake III Arena Test Specifics
    Version: 1.30 (retail)
    V-Sync: Disabled
    Sound Disabled
    Video Modes Tested
    : High Quality: Defaults

    3DMark 2003 Specifics:
    Version 1.0 Patched 340

    GunMetal Benchmark Specifics:
    Version 1.20S

    SiSoft SANDRA2004

    Content Creation: Winstone 2004 Test Specifics:
    Version: 1.0

    Business Winstone 2004 Test Specifics:
    Version 1.0

    PCMark 2004 Pro Test Specifics:
    Build 100
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    Page 1 Athlon 64 3400+: High End for the Mainstream
  • Page 2 Performance and Test Systems
    Page 3 Business & CC Winstone 2004 and MPEG-2 Encoding
    Page 4 MPEG-2 Encoding & SiSoft SANDRA 2004 Performance
    Page 5 PCMark Pro 2004 Performance
    Page 6 Quake 3, Wolfenstein: ET, and Comanche 4 Performance
    Page 7 Unreal Tournament 2003 & X2: Demo Performance
    Page 8 3DMark 2003, AquaMark 3 & GunMetal Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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