SiSoft SANDRA 2005 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 memory bandwidth test is the most popular section of the SiSoft SANDRA benchmark suite, and highlights the potential performance levels of the CPU-memory subsystem. As the Integer and FPU scores are quite similar, we are only including the first one in our benchmark suite.
SiSoft SANDRA benchmarking shows many of the same trends we witnessed in the PCMark04 and 05 Memory benchmark testing. The Athlon 64 FX-60 again posts the highest AMD dual core result, but the Athlon 64 FX-57 manages to slide ahead and take the AMD performance crown. The 1066 MHz Pentium EE 955 and Pentium 3.73 GHz EE (the overall winner again) are the top overall performers, and these both place well ahead of the competition. The higher bus speed pays incredible dividends on the Intel side, as you can see by comparing these scores to the 800 MHz Pentium D crop.
We have incorporated the ScienceMark 2 memory benchmark to our suite, and more specifically the MemBench portion of the program. This high-end test utilizes a series of memory bandwidth algorithms, and then offers a measure of the overall memory bandwidth of a given CPU/memory/platform combination. In many ways, it is similar to SiSoft SANDRA in terms of output and format, but depending on the platform and CPU, the actual tests can offer a slightly different result.
The ScienceMark 2 benchmark scores are bunched closer together, but in terms of overall trends, nothing much has changed. The Athlon 64 FX-60 does post a very high score, but the 1066 MHz Intel models power slightly ahead, while the Athlon 64 FX-57 again slides just ahead of AMD's newest dual core entry.
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, can utilize multi-processing and Hyper-Threading.
Last time out, it was the Pentium EE 955 posting a new record in CINEBENCH 2003, but it certainly didn't take AMD long to break it again. The Athlon 64 FX-60 comes in strong with a performance mark just shy of 700, and this is without the Hyper-Threading boost that the top-end Intel models enjoy. Also notice the much lower performance of the single core CPUs, and even with HT support, the Pentium 4-3.73 GHz cannot even approach true dual core performance levels.
CINEBENCH 2003 also supplies a rating for the multi-threaded performance compared to single-threaded. The Athlon 64 FX-60 and other Athlon 64 X2 dual core models post a 1.8X to 1.9X increase, the Pentium EE 955 and 840 processors lead the pack with a 2.15X increase, and the Pentium D processors offer a 1.7X performance multiplier. The HT-enabled Pentium 4-3.73 GHz also gets a slight boost in the order of 1.2X, while the single core Athlon 64 FX-57 obviously receives none.