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    Athlon 64 FX-62 & Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Processor Review
    By Vince Freeman :  May 23, 2006

    Quake 4 Performance

    Quake 4 is the latest in 3D first-person shooters from id Software, and while the actual storyline is pretty standard fare and the game itself is based on the DOOM 3 engine, the graphics are exceptional and it is an improvement over previous games. The lighting and shadow effects are excellent, and the overall level design and architecture are a real treat. The overall load on the graphics card can be extreme, which is both a blessing and a curse, depending on the actual hardware you are testing.

    Quake 4 is based on the same engine as DOOM 3, and due to combination of enhanced NVIDIA drivers and in-game support, it also rewards the extra multithreading of a dual core or HT-enabled processor. Unfortunately, as we're only testing dual core models, this translates into a very crowded chart. The Athlon 64 FX-62 is once again at the top of the performance class, followed by the Athlon 64 FX-60 and Pentium EE 955. The platform comparison again shows a very slight advantage to the nForce4 Ultra, with the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ actually dropping below the Athlon 64 X2 4800+.

    The Chronicles of Riddick Performance

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is based on the movie franchise of the same name, and provides a wild mix of kick-ass action and intriguing game environments. This hybrid game is similar to what Half-Life brought to the table, as you take the role of escaped can Riddick, and fight your way through some exceptionally rendered game levels. The in-game detail levels are also an important consideration, as moving the Shader Model above 2.0 can turn the game into a slide show, and even at SM 2.0, the game can bring most hardware to its knees.

    The Chronicles of Riddick performance chart follows right along with the AMD model numbers and platforms, with the Athlon 64 FX-62 holding the top score, and the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ outpacing the Athlon 64 X2 4800+. The DDR2 platform scores also hold the edge over the DDR systems, and CoR seems to be the perfect game for the new Socket AM2 platform.

    F.E.A.R. Performance

    F.E.A.R is a new entrant to our game benchmarks, and it features jaw-dropping graphics and a physics engine that can bring any system to its knees. The game even includes a wide selection of System and Video settings, along with an in-game testing module to keep things 100% comparable. In this case, as we are dealing with CPU performance, we have racked the system and physics settings to maximum, while lowering the graphics quotient to minimum, in an attempt to get rid of any GPU limitations.

    This seems to have worked well, and the processors show better separation than when using other game modes. Overall F.E.A.R. results favor the Athlon 64 FX-62, and there is no impact based on the memory type used. In fact, the only area of interest is the performance difference between the processors with 2-MB and 1-MB of combined L2 cache, such as the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and 4800+.

    Page 1 The Athlon 64 FX-62 and Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Processors
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 SANDRA 2007, ScienceMark 2 & CINEBENCH 9.5 Performance
    Page 5 Everest 2006 Ultimate Edition 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 2006, Halo and Painkiller Performance
  • Page 10 Quake 4, CoR and F.E.A.R. Performance
    Page 11 Benchmark Analysis and Power Consumption
    Page 12 Value and Conclusion

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