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AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ Processor Review

AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ Processor Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: The Athlon64 X2 4800+ processor we're testing is based on the 'ACBWE' stepping, and was built in week 17 of 2005 so it's literally hot off the presses!
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External Mfg. Website: AMD Sep 01 2005   Colin Sun  
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Benchmarks: Hexus piFast, POVray

Hexus piFast Source: Hexus

Pifast is a small program that computes Pi to a set amount of decimal places and also display's how long it takes. Since it tells you how long it takes this then gives us a basis for charting the results giving a performance indicator for new and old technology at a glace. Lower numbers denote faster calculation times (seconds), and hence, better performance.

Hexus piFast:
Processor Seconds Ranking
Pentium 4 540 (3.2 GHz 925X 200/533) 64
Pentium D 840 (3.2 GHz 955X 200/533) 66.31
Pentium D 840 (32 bit Software / 64-bit OS) 66.31
Athlon64 4000+ (2.4 GHz NF4 SLI 200/400) 50.69
Athlon64 X2 4800+ (2.4 GHz NF4 SLI 200/400) 49.98
Athlon64 X2 4800+ (32 Bit Software / 64 Bit OS) 49.97
Athlon64 X2 4800+ (3.14 GHz NF4 SLI 262/574) 38.39

piFast shows off the Athlon64 power quite well and here both the Athlon64 4000+ and Athlon64 X2 4800+ are neck and neck at stock speeds. Overclocking allows the Athlon64 X2 4800+ to break the 40 second barrier.

POVray Source: POVray

The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer (POV-Ray) is an all round excellent package, but there are two things that particularly make it stand out above the rest of the crowd. Firstly, it's free, and secondly, the source is distributed so you can compile it on virtually any platform.

Lower numbers denote faster calculation times (seconds), and hence, better performance.

POVRay
Pawns 10x7AA: Seconds Ranking
Pentium 4 540 (3.2 GHz 925X 200/533) 205
Pentium D 840 (3.2 GHz 955X 200/533) 200
Pentium D 840 (32 bit Software / 64-bit OS) 205
Athlon64 4000+ (2.4 GHz NF4 SLI 200/400) 120
Athlon64 X2 4800+ (2.4 GHz NF4 SLI 200/400) 126
Athlon64 X2 4800+ (32 Bit Software / 64 Bit OS) 126
Athlon64 X2 4800+ (3.14 GHz NF4 SLI 262/574) 97

In the POVray tests we see no benefit form the dual core processor. This underscores the point that if your programs are not written to support SMP, there is no gain. It's something for users to consider if contemplating upgrading to dual core-based platform. Using a 64 bit operating system does not necessarily give any performance boost either unless the software is 64-bit too.

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Contents of Article: AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+
 Pg 1.  AMD Athlon64 X2 4800+ Processor Review
 Pg 2.  Overclocking the 2.4GHz X2 4800+
 Pg 3.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 4.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, SiSoft Sandra 2005
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: Cinebench 2003, Cinebench 2003 64 Bit, Maya Render Test
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: ScienceMark 2.0, ScienceMark 2.0, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  — Benchmarks: Hexus piFast, POVray
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, PCMark05
 Pg 9.  Benchmark: 3DMark2001, 3DMark05
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Comanche 4, UT2003
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  Athlon64 X2 4800+ = Fastest. Period.

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