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

    PCMark05 Pro Performance

    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-62 has taken AMD to a completely new level of PCMark05 performance, and has jumped past the Athlon 64 FX-60 and Pentium EE 955 in the System benchmark. The dual core 2.8 GHz architecture gets AMD off to a great start, and even the 2.6 GHz Athlon 64 X2 5000+ manages to slip by the Athlon 64 FX-60. This is still a very close contest between the same-speed 939-pin and AM2 processors, and can be considered a draw.

    Memory testing should be a place where the newer AMD processors and their high-speed DDR2 really take charge. We start to see that happening in the PCMark05 Memory benchmark, as the Athlon 64 FX-62 speeds ahead of the competition, with the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ not far behind. The DDR-based Socket 939 processors cannot keep pace, and neither can the DDR2-800 equipped, 1066 MHz front-side bus, Pentium EE 955.

    The CPU portion of the PCMark05 Pro suite has been a stronghold of the Intel processors for a long time, and even the entry of the 2.8 GHz Athlon 64 FX-62 does nothing to change that. Even the Intel Pentium D 960 outperforms the Athlon 64 FX-62, while the AMD Socket 939 vs. AM2 question is another wash, with both sides posting near equivalent scores.

    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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