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    Athlon 64 FX-60 Processor Review
    By Vince Freeman :  January 10, 2006

    PCMark04 Pro Performance

    PCMark04 Pro is a popular system benchmarking tool and along with adapting to the ever-changing hardware world, FutureMark has added some new tests. The PCMark04 design still cuts a line between purely synthetic and application-based benchmarks, and provides a more general view of computer performance. PCMark04 performs general use tasks such as image compression, grammar check, and audio conversion, while combining this with a selection of similar benchmarks for individual system components. As we're dealing with processor and subsystem performance, the main tests we'll be looking at are the System, CPU and Memory results.

    Before the dual core revolution, the PCMark04 Pro System test was a landslide victory for the Intel side, as the benchmark made use of both high clock speed and Hyper-Threading support. As you can see from the chart below, those days are long gone, and now that AMD has its own multithreading speed demons, the Athlon 64 FX-60 is in a class by itself. Only the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and Pentium EE 955 come close, and the Athlon 64 FX-57 and Pentium 4-3.73 GHz EE scores show how single-threaded AMD and HT-enabled Intel processors used to stack up, while now even the 2.0 GHz Athlon 64 X2 3800+ posts a higher score.

    The new Athlon 64 FX-60 puts in a very impressive PCMark04 Memory performance score, ranking it the best in the Athlon 64 dual core bracket, but the 1066 MHz Intel processors again take the top spot. Both the Pentium EE 955 and Pentium 4-3.73 GHz EE are well over the 6K mark, and it's actually the Athlon 64 FX-57 keeping AMD close, and outpacing the dual core AMD line. Intel is in the same boat, with the single core Pentium 4-3.73 GHz EE outperforming the Pentium EE 955.

    The PCMark04 CPU benchmarking gets the Athlon 64 FX-60 back on track, and it is the first processor to score above 7K at SE. This new CPU has some serious juice, and not only powers ahead of the Athlon 64 X2 models, but makes quick work of the single-core Athlon 64 FX-57 and Pentium 4-3.73 GHz EE.

    Page 1 The Athlon 64 FX-60 Processor
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
  • Page 3 PCMark04 Pro Performance
    Page 4 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 5 SANDRA 2005, ScienceMark 2 & CINEBENCH 2003 Performance
    Page 6 MPEG-1/2, DivX 6.1 and WME Encoding Performance
    Page 7 Quake 3, UT 2003 & UT 2004 Performance
    Page 8 DOOM 3, FarCry and Half-Life 2 Performance
    Page 9 3DMark 2005, AquaMark 3 & Halo Performance
    Page 10 Quake 4, Painkiller and CoR Performance
    Page 11 Benchmark Analysis, Overclocking, and Power Consumption
    Page 12 Value and Conclusion

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