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AMD Athlon64 4000+ Socket 939 Processor Review

AMD Athlon64 4000+ Socket 939 Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Athlon 64 4000+ is not clocked faster than its nearest predecessor, but that doesn't preclude it from obtaining a healthy boost in the benchmarks thanks to 1MB L2 Cache.
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Oct 17 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Conclusion and Doom3 Benchmarks

Doom 3

Source: id Software

Doom 3 is the most advanced OpenGL game to date, it takes advantage of the latest videocard technology and pushes the processing power of the CPU to its absolute limits. At its highest setting Ultra quality, texture sizes pass the 500MB mark which means even tomorrows videocards will have a hard time running everything. The framerates in the game itself are locked at 60 fps so anything above that point is wasted. Each test is run three times and with the third run being recorded.

Doom3
LQ 640x480: FPS Ranking
Pentium 4 540 (3.2 GHz) 88.5
Athlon64 3800+ 102
Athlon64 4000+ (NF3) 110
Athlon64 4000+ (VIA) 108.7
Athlon64 4000+ @ 2.72 GHz (VIA) 117.1

The Doom 3 benchmark results remain in-line with the other tests we've run thus far. Specifically, Doom 3's low quality scores reflect the fact that the Athlon64 4000+ is more powerful than the older Athlon64 3800+ chip. Additionally, the wayward nVidia nForce Ultra 3 chipset appears to be redeeming itself here, posting faster scores than its VIA counterpart.

Conclusions

Well, the obvious conclusion is that the AMD Athlon 64 4000+ is the fastest Athlon 64 processor yet. It's sibling, the FX-55 should run faster still at 2.60GHz, but will cost at least a hundred dollars more than the already expensive A64 4000+. The best value for your money still rests with the Athlon 64 chips of course, but that will always be the case. If you want the best and the fastest you have to be prepared to pay through the nose. On another note, at the moment it appears that the extra 512KB of L2 Cache memory does not necessarily make a huge difference in performance across the board, though there are a few instances where it did benefit the Athlon64 4000+.

Looking at the AMDAthlon 64 4000+ (and even FX-55), it is easy to recognize the continuation of a couple of positive trends in AMD's processor strategy. For one thing, each of these two processors mark the third generation of 939-pin processors. The socket 939 form factor is the only option that supports both the AthlonFX and Athlon 64 processor lines, and it is reassuring that AMD continues to support this with more processor releases than the fated socket 754 Athlon64 saw.

Another positive aspect for gamers and enthusiasts, is the almost complete merging of the AthlonFX and Athlon 64 technologies. With the Athlon 64 processors now sporting a full 1M of Level 2 cache memory, and the all-important dual channel memory controller, it is worthwhile remembering that this used to be the exclusive provenance of the Athlon FX. AMD is definitely offering consumers a lot more bang for their buck. The enthusiast market can still rely on the slightly higher clock speed and unlocked multipliers of the Athlon FX though.

Both the AMD Athlon 64 4000+ ($729USD) and Athlon 64 FX-55 ($827USD) processors are currently the fastest chips on the market from AMD. From the benchmarks PCstats has run in this review on the Athlon64 4000+, it is clear that this processor offers us excellent gaming and application performance compared to existing mainstream Intel processors like the Pentium 4 540. Whether the Athlon 64 4000+ represents offers enough of an increase in performance to offset the Athlon64 3800+'s lower price is another matter...

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon64 4000+
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon64 4000+ Socket 939 Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Athlon 64 4000+ by the numbers
 Pg 3.  Overclocking the Athlon64 4000+
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks and System Specs
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2002, Sandra 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Cinebench 2003
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2, SuperPI
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: Hexus piFast, POVray
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche4
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, AquaMark3
 Pg 12.  Benchmarks: UT2003 and 2004
 Pg 13.  — Conclusion and Doom3 Benchmarks

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