SiSoft SANDRA 2004 SP1 is the latest revision of this popular system benchmark, but it sticks to its roots and supplies a wide range of individual benchmarks and system utilities. These include processor, system, network, hard drive benchmarks and many other performance tests. The integer and floating-point memory bandwidth tests are the most popular section of the SiSoft SANDRA benchmark suite, and highlight the potential performance levels of the CPU-memory subsystem.
The overall trends we saw in PCMark 2004 Memory testing are followed up with the SiSoft SANDRA 2004 SP1 benchmarking. The base architecture and design of the various platforms again comes to the fore, and the Intel 533 MHz CPU bus is simply too much for the 333 MHz Sempron 2800+ bus or the single-channel DDR400 memory controller of the Sempron 3100+. These memory scores are somewhat of a pre-determined performance matrix, and we'll have to see how it plays out in the upcoming game performance section.
The SiSoft SANDRA 2004 Floating Point Bandwidth scores display the same basic trends at the Integer results, and we again see the AMD Sempron 2800+ and 3100+ failing behind the Intel competition.
CINEBENCH 2003 is a system benchmark that uses CINEMA 4D for both CPU and video-based testing. This benchmark processes a large, detailed image file on-screen, times the overall performance, and displays the results. As this is a processor review, we're concentrating on the CPU score, which incidentally, supports both multi-processing and Hyper-Threading.
CINEBENCH 2003 does give a performance edge to Hyper-Threading-enabled CPUs, but this only affects the Pentium 4-2.8E GHz scores. The Sempron 2800+ vs. Celeron 335 battle is pretty close, but once again it's AMD coming out on top. The Sempron 3100+ is in tough against the AMD and Intel competition, and barely manages to squeak by the Sempron 2800+.