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

    3DMark06 Pro Performance

    3DMark06 is the latest version in the popular 3DMark series of gaming benchmarks, and like 3DMark05, also requires DirectX 9.0 compatibility. The 3DMark06 program offers a high-end selection of both gaming and CPU tests, while upping the ante in terms of jaw-dropping graphics and 3D feature support. 3DMark06 is not only a prime way of determining potential DirectX 9 game performance, but the individual CPU performance score also makes it a valuable tool in processor reviews and performance comparisons. This CPU benchmark is performed at the standard 1024x768x32 resolution and color depth, with no anti-aliasing or filtering options enabled.

    The 3DMark06 Pro benchmark makes use of both dual core processor and video card enhancements, and the features support is excellent. The Athlon 64 FX-62 is the victor once again, but this time it is the Pentium Extreme Edition 955 pushing it. The AMD platform and processor comparison is again a very tricky one, as at certain core/L2 cache levels, there is little difference, while at others the performance gap is more noticeable. We also see more a standard performance hierarchy based on clock speed, with the 2.6 GHz Athlon 64 X2 5000+ more line with the Athlon 64 FX-60, rather than the Athlon 64 X2 4800+.

    Halo: Combat Evolved Performance

    Halo: Combat Evolved is a hot, action adventure game that not only features luscious indoor and outdoor graphics and a killer story, but some very innovative gameplay as well. Our Halo test uses the default timedemo, while also enabling 2.0 shaders for all benchmark testing.

    Halo: Combat Evolved benchmarking doesn't hold any real surprises, and shows the Athlon 64 FX-62 with the top score, and the platform comparison demonstrating a very slight edge to the DDR systems.

    Painkiller Performance

    Painkiller is another hotrod first-person shooter that features high-end game graphics, but the difference here is the use of a non-standard, proprietary game engine. So instead of the next revision of the latest DOOM, Quake or Unreal Tournament product, we get something slightly different that helps spice our benchmarks up a bit. Due to the video card reliance of some portions of the game, we have used the in-game Docks demo, which does show a performance impact based on the processor used.

    Painkiller benchmarking again has the Athlon 64 FX-62 in the top spot, while the DDR platforms take another victory from the DDR2 systems. Otherwise, it's business as usual, with the Intel processors well back from the AMD pack.

    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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