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AMD Sempron 2800+ and 3100+ Processor Review

By Vince Freeman :  July 28, 2004

Performance

The new AMD Sempron processors are targeted at the entry-level PC market, and are looking to provide the greatest bang for the buck in this area. Standing directly opposed to AMD is Intel and the newly-minted Celeron D processors, which have also undergone an upgrade to the Prescott core, the 533 MHz FSB, and a full 256K of L2 cache. The Celeron 335 runs at 2.8 GHz, and whether AMD wants to admit it or not, this is where the Sempron 2800+ will be compared by end users.

We've also added in a few other processors at a slightly higher speed and price range, including the Athlon XP 2800+ Barton, the Pentium 4-2.8 GHz (533) Northwood and the Pentium 4-2.8E GHz (800) Prescott. The Sempron 3100+ is a bit tougher egg to crack, but as the 3100+ rating applies to the value sector anyway (and Intel doesn't offer a 3.1 GHz Celeron) the performance scores should quickly tell us exactly where the top-end Sempron fits in.

Our base references systems are pretty standard for the entry-level market, with the NVIDIA nForce2 for Socket A, VIA K8T800 for Socket 754, and the i865G for the Socket 478 Intel processors. The hard drive and video card components have also been toned down significantly to match the target market, with a Maxtor 80-GB 7200 RPM drive and a Radeon 9600 Pro 128-MB card powering the systems. The operating system is Windows XP Pro SP1, along with DirectX 9.0b installed.

The reference system configuration is also a bit different than in previous reviews, as the AMD Sempron is not a conventional "fastest processor ever!" type of deal, but more a value-oriented, market specific release. Due to this, we're presenting a couple of different views on the entry-level Sempron 2800+, with scores for the nForce2/GeForce4 MX integrated video and with a dedicated Radeon 9600 Pro AGP card. It is the same for the Celeron 335, which is featured with i865G integrated graphics and a dedicated AGP card. The higher-speed Sempron 3100+, Pentium 4-2.8 GHz and 2.8E GHz processors all utilize dedicated Radeon 9600 Pro AGP graphics for all test scores.

The benchmark list includes a wide range of system, CPU, memory, and gaming tests. These include the new revisions of Business Winstone 2004, Content Creation Winstone 2004, PCMark 2004 and SiSoft SANDRA 2004 SP1, along with CINEBENCH 2003, and TMPGEnc Plus for MPEG-1 and -2 encoding. We also include popular 3D game tests like Halo, AquaMark 3, Unreal Tournament 2004/2003, Final Fantasy XI, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. X2 Demo, Quake 3, and Comanche 4. Due to the entry-level nature of the integrated video tests, 3DMark 2003 has been left off the benchmark list for this review. 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

Sempron 2800+ Socket A Reference System:
Processors: Sempron 2800+, Athlon XP 2800+
Memory: 2 x 256-MB Infineon PC2700
Motherboard: ASUS A7NV8X-VM
Motherboard chip set: NVIDIA nForce2
ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 4.7
Integrated Graphics: nForce2/GeForce4 MX
AGP Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128-MB
Hard-Drive: Maxtor 80-GB 7200 RPM
CD/DVD: AOpen Combo Drive
Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
DirectX 9.0b
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

Sempron 3100+ Socket 754 Reference System:
Processor: Sempron 3100+
Memory: 2 x 256-MB Generic PC3200
Motherboard: ASUS K8V Deluxe
Motherboard chip set: VIA K8T800
ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 4.7
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128-MB
Hard-Drive: Maxtor 80-GB 7200 RPM
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 Socket 478 Reference System:
Processors: Celeron 335 (2.8 GHz), Pentium 4-2.8, Pentium 4-2.8E
Memory (Celeron 335/Pentium 4-2.8): 2 x 256-MB Infineon PC2700
Memory (Pentium 4-2.8E): 2 x 256-MB Generic PC3200
Motherboard: AOpen AX4SG Max II
Motherboard chip set: Intel 865G
ATI reference drivers: Catalyst 4.7
Integrated Graphics: i865G/Intel Extreme Graphics 2
AGP Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128-MB
Hard-Drive: Maxtor 80-GB 7200 RPM
CD/DVD: AOpen Combo Drive
Power Supply: Sparkle 400 Watt
DirectX 9.0b
Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP1

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

Quake III Arena Specifics
Version: 1.30 (retail)

Halo: Combat Evolved Specifics
Version: 1.04 (retail)

SiSoft SANDRA 2004 Specifics:
SP1

Content Creation: Winstone 2004 Specifics:
Version: 1.0.1

Business Winstone 2004 Specifics:
Version 1.0.1

PCMark 2004 Pro Specifics:
Patched 120


Page 1

The AMD Sempron 2800+ and 3100+ Processors

  • Page 2

    Performance and Test Systems

    Page 3

    Business & Content Creation Winstone 2004 Performance

    Page 4

    PCMark 2004 Pro Performance

    Page 5

    SiSoft SANDRA 2004 & CINEBENCH 2003 Performance

    Page 6

    MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Encoding Performance

    Page 7

    Quake 3, Wolf: ET & Comanche 4 Performance

    Page 8

    UT 2003, UT 2004 & Halo Performance

    Page 9

    AquaMark 3, X2: Demo & Final Fantasy XI Performance

    Page 10

    Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion





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