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    Athlon X2 BE-2350 Processor Review
    By Vince Freeman :  June 5, 2007

    3DMark06 Pro Performance

    3DMark06 is the latest version in the popular 3DMark series of gaming benchmarks, and like 3DMark05, it 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 1280x1024 resolution and 32-bit color depth, with no anti-aliasing or filtering options enabled.

    Standard game benchmarks usually don't show any real advantage with a dual-core setup, primarily because these are not written with a multi-core platform in mind. While this is true in the majority of cases, 3DMark06 Pro does offer multi-threaded game benchmarking, and will help give us an idea of theoretical performance in true multi-threaded game environments. Under this scenario, all the processors show excellent results, and the Athlon X2 BE-2350 even comes within striking distance of the Intel Core 2 Duo E6300.

    DOOM 3 Performance

    DOOM 3 is a game that needs no introduction, and continues in a long line of id Software Quake and DOOM first-person shooters. This installment is one serious 3D game test, including potentially the highest-end graphics yet seen on the PC. It is also a different type of game benchmark, especially compared to Quake 3, as it has a greater reliance on the 3D video card for high-end framerate results. This makes it less-than an optimum current CPU performance test, but may still bear fruit as newer and faster processors make an appearance.

    The situation is a bit different in the DOOM 3 benchmarking, and now we see the Athlon X2 BE-2350 falling well back of the Core 2 Duo E6300, while remaining in line with the other higher-clocked Athlon 64 X2 models. This is to be expected, as the Core 2 Duo/Quad processors offer higher gaming performance than the corresponding Athlon 64 X2.

    FarCry Performance

    FarCry is a hot new first-person shooter that takes in-game graphics to the next level, although in a different direction than DOOM 3. Instead of darkness and confined spaces, FarCry places you outdoors, on bright sandy beaches, jungles or even on the water itself. This game gives our processors a different kind of a stress test, and rest assured that FarCry ranks up there with the very toughest 3D game benchmarks. For this test, we are using the full retail version, and a custom game demo.

    Nothing much has changed with the move to FarCry benchmarking, and the Athlon X2 BE-2350 again posts framerates on par with its entry-level position.



    Page 1 The Athlon X2 BE-2350 Processor
    Page 2 Test Setup and Benchmark Software
    Page 3 PCMark05 Pro Performance
    Page 4 SANDRA XI, CINEBENCH 9.5 and WinRAR Performance
    Page 5 MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and DivX 6.4 Performance
  • Page 6 3DMark06 Pro, DOOM 3 and FarCry Performance
    Page 7 Quake 4, F.E.A.R. and CoR Performance
    Page 8 Company of Heroes, Prey and Splinter Cell: CT Performance
    Page 9 Benchmark Analysis and System Power Consumption
    Page 10 Value and Conclusion

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