PCMark05 Professional is the latest update to the popular PCMark system benchmarking series from FutureMark, and it has been revamped to highlight current hardware and features additional multithreaded and multi-tasking performance tests. There is the usual selection of individual System, CPU, Memory, Graphics, and Hard Drive benchmark suites, and these continue to bridge the gap between synthetic and application-based benchmarks. For our purposes, the System, CPU and Memory areas will be where we concentrate our benchmarking efforts.
The PCMark05 System benchmark suite includes a wide range of tests, from Windows XP hard drive startup to video and audio encoding, and features a selection of standard desktop routines like text edit, virus scanning, and image decompression. Three of the benchmark scenarios are multithreaded, with the first two including two simultaneous tests, and the final one utilizing four program tests running simultaneously. This helps make PCMark05 System benchmark a great analysis tool for our dual core processors.
The Athlon 64 FX-60 finds itself in tight with the Pentium EE 955 in the PCMark05 System benchmarking, and can actually only muster a second-place finish. The presence of Hyper-Threading in the Pentium EE 955 is the determining factor, and the quad-threaded advantages give Intel the slight edge. Even so, the Athlon 64 FX-60 represents a new performance high for AMD dual core processors, and it makes short work of the Athlon 64 FX-57 as well.
The PCMark04 memory test showed the Athlon 64 FX-60 falling back a bit from the competition, but the newer PCMark05 benchmark evens that out. This time, it's the Pentium EE 955 playing second fiddle to the newest AMD processor, and even the Athlon 64 FX-57 has to take a back seat. The winner this time (just as it was in PCMark04) is the Pentium 4-3.73 GHz Extreme Edition, which features the killer combination of a 1066 MHz bus, a single core design, and higher-bandwidth DDR2 memory.
The CPU section of the PCMark05 suite does show the Athlon 64 FX-60 as the class of the AMD camp, but on the other hand, it highlights the impact of Hyper-Threading as well. The Pentium EE 955 is the class of this benchmark, but as we can see from the high performance of the Pentium EE 840, HT support is incredibly important in this particular benchmark.