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AMD Athlon64 3200+ 32/64-bit Processor Review

AMD Athlon64 3200+ 32/64-bit Processor Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Tired of being an "Intel clone," AMD's goal became to set market trends, instead of just following the lead of chipzilla.
 95% Rating:   
Filed under: CPU / Processors Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: AMD Sep 23 2003   Colin Sun  
Home > Reviews > CPU / Processors > AMD Athlon64 3200+

System Spec's and Benchmarks

PCStats Test System Specs:

Computer Hardware:

Processor:

Pentium 4 3.2C*
AthlonXP 3200+
Athlon64 3200+

Clock Speed:

16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
11 x 200 MHz = 2.2 GHz
10 x 200 MHz = 2 GHz

Motherboards:

Intel D875PBZ
Albatron KX18D Pro-II
MSI K8T Neo

Chipsets:

i875P
nForce2 Ultra 400
K8T800

Videocard:

ATi Radeon 9800 Pro

Memory:

2x 256MB Corsair XMS3500 CAS2

Hard Drive: 40GB WD Special Ed
CDROM: NEC 52x CD-ROM
Floppy:

Panasonic 1.44MB Floppy Drive

Heatsink: Thermalright SK6 w/36CFM Delta
AVC Sunflower
AVC Z7UB301
PowerSupply: Vantec 470W Stealth PSU
Software Setup

WindowsXP Build 2600
nVIDIA nForce 2.45
Intel INF 5.02
VIA 4in1 4.49
Catalyst 3.7

Workstation Benchmarks

SysMark2002
Business Winstone 2002
Content Creation 2002
SuperPi
POVRay
SciencMark 2.0
SiSoft Sandra 2003
PCMark2002
3DMark2001SE
AquaMark 3
Quake III Arena
UT2003

* - HyperThreading was enabled during the Intel tests.

BAPCO Sysmark 2002 Source:MadOnion / BAPco

SysMark2002 is more of an extension of SysMark2001 rather then a whole new benchmark. The applications used during testing have been updated and most importantly for AMD users, the new SysMark2002 uses the Windows Media Encoder 7.1 which supports the AthlonXP's SSE instructions.

BapCo SysMark 2002 Benchmark Results
Internet Content Sysmarks Ranking
1. Pentium 4 3.2C 449
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 345
3. Athlon64 3200+ 367
4. Athlon64 3200+ Oc'ed (2.25 GHz) 413

Office Productivity

1 Pentium 4 3.2C 244
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 232
3. Athlon64 3200+ 241
4. Athlon64 3200+ Oc'ed (2.25 GHz) 265

The Athlon64 3200+ does not perform very well in the Internet Content portion of SysMark2002. My suspicions are that SSE2 is either not being used properly, or not being used at all by some of the applications in that part of the benchmarking suite. In the office productivity portion of SysMark we see that the Athlon64 3200+ performs about on part with the Pentium 3.2 GHz. Not bad considering the P4 has a 1.2 GHz advantage.

Winstone 2002 Source: Zdnet

Content Creation Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running top, Windows-based, 32-bit, content creation applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, or Windows XP.

Business Winstone 2002 is a system-level, application-based benchmark that measures a PC's overall performance when running today's top-selling Windows-based 32-bit applications on Windows 98, Windows 2000 (SP6 or later), Windows Me, or Windows XP. Business Winstone doesn't mimic what these packages do; it runs real applications through a series of scripted activities and uses the time a PC takes to complete those activities to produce its performance scores.

Winstone 2002 Benchmark Results
Content Content Score Ranking
1. Pentium 4 3.2C 51
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 52.9
3. Athlon64 3200+ 55.4
4. Athlon64 3200+ Oc'ed (2.25 GHz) 57.6

Business Winstone

1 Pentium 4 3.2C 35.2
2. AthlonXP 3200+ 37.3
3. Athlon64 3200+ 39.6
4. Athlon64 3200+ Oc'ed (2.25 GHz) 41.2

The Winstone 2002 based benchmarks like the Athlon64 much more then SysMark2002. Here we see even at stock speed the Athlon64 is faster than both the P4 3.2C and the older AthlonXP 3200+.

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon64 3200+
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon64 3200+ 32/64-bit Processor Review
 Pg 2.  105.9 Million Transistors
 Pg 3.  Understanding SOI
 Pg 4.  The limitations of 32-bit
 Pg 5.  Internal Memory Controller and HyperTransport
 Pg 6.  Chipsets for the Athlon 64 processor
 Pg 7.  VIA K8M800, AMD 8000 chipsets
 Pg 8.  Nvidia Nforce3 Pro150, SIS 755
 Pg 9.  ALI 1687 chipset
 Pg 10.  New Thermal Solutions for the Athlon64
 Pg 11.  Socket 754/940 Heatsink Frame
 Pg 12.  Overclocking, it's all new now
 Pg 13.  — System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 14.  Benchmarks: Super Pi, POVRay
 Pg 15.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark2.0, SiSoft Sandra
 Pg 16.  Benchmarks: PCMark 2002, 3DMark2001SE
 Pg 17.  Benchmarks: AquaMark3, Quake III Arena
 Pg 18.  Benchmarks: UT2003, Conclusions

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