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    Value Overclocking: Celeron D 335 vs. Sempron 3100+
    By Vince Freeman :  August 23, 2004

    Unreal Tournament 2003 Flyby Performance

    Unreal Tournament 2003 includes a benchmark program that automatically tests in two separate modes. The one we're going to be looking at is Flyby, which takes a canned tour of the UT game world and then offers up a framerate score and really hammers both the CPU and video card. The Botmatch results are no longer shown, instead leaving that for the newer Unreal Tournament 2004 to supply.

    Unreal Tournament 2003 Flyby benchmarking shows us a few similarities to previous tests, but also something new. The Sempron 3100+ posts a very high-end score when overclocked, and stays well ahead of the Intel competition. The Celeron D 335 is a more interesting subject, as not only does the processor jump substantially when overclocked, but also manages to surpass the Pentium 4-3.0E in a high-end gaming test. These are pretty amazing results for value processors, especially as UT 2003 Flyby is a very demanding game benchmark.

    Unreal Tournament 2004 Performance

    Unreal Tournament 2004 is an upgraded version of the popular UT series, and also includes support for Botchmatch demos. This is the next step for Unreal Tournament graphics and performance, and is another serious test for current PC hardware. For this benchmark, we've used the UMark GUI interface with the following settings: Colossus map, 12 players and High Image Quality graphics.

    The Sempron 3100+ really shows of its power in UT 2004, not only taking it to the Intel side when overclocked, but also at default speeds. This is clearly a benchmark that AMD holds a distinct advantage in, with the Athlon 64 3400+ well out in front, and the value-priced Sempron 3100+ being the only other tested CPU capable of scoring over 100. The Celeron D 335 does not fare as well, and just manages to squeeze by the Pentium 4-2.8E.

    DOOM 3 Performance

    DOOM 3 is a game that needs no introduction, and continues a long line of id Software Quake and DOOM first-person shooters. This latest installment is one serious 3D game test, including potentially the highest-end graphics yet seen on the PC. Its only fault as a benchmark, especially compared to Quake 3, is its reliance on the 3D video card, which brings up some limitations in pure CPU testing.

    We see these video card limitations coming out in the following performance chart, but even so, DOOM 3 does offer another view of potential gaming performance. The Celeron D 335 doesn't exhibit the same relative performance in this game, and even when overclocked, falls noticeably back of the Pentium 4-2.8E. The Sempron 3100+ does not share the same fate, and posts the second highest DOOM 3 score, just back of the Athlon 64 3400+.

    Page 1 The Sempron and Celeron D Candidates
    Page 2 Performance and Test Systems
    Page 3 PCMark 2004 Pro & CINEBENCH 2003 Performance
    Page 4 SiSoft SANDRA 2004 & MPEG-1/2 Encoding Performance
    Page 5 Quake 3, Wolf: ET & Comanche 4 Performance
  • Page 6 UT 2003, UT 2004 & DOOM 3 Performance
    Page 7 AquaMark 3 & Halo Performance
    Page 8 Benchmark Analysis and Conclusion

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