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AMD Athlon 64 Performance Computing - The heat is on! - Benchmarks - Test System Setup and SiSoft Sandra MAX3

By: Shawn Baker | AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 23, 2003 5:00 am

Test System Setup


Processor(s): AMD Athlon 64 3200+


Video card(s): GeCube Radeon 9800 XT 256MB (Supplied by GeCube and Kingmax Australia)


Memory: 2 X 256MB Mushkin PC4000 (Supplied by Mushkin)


Hard Disk(s): Maxtor 80GB 7200RPM Serial ATA (Supplied by Altech Computers)


Operating System Used: Windows XP Professional SP1 32-bit


Drivers Used: ATI Catalyst 3.8


Software Used: SiSoft Sandra MAX 3, 3D Mark 03, 3D Mark 01, Comanche 4, Quake 3, PC Mark 2002 and Jedi Knight 2


Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to test under Windows XP 64-bit edition. Although, AMD told us back at Computex that we would still see a performance increase from the 64-bit architecture using only 32-bit version of Windows XP.


Hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to make use of all the power that the latest AMD processor has to offer - if anyone at Microsoft is reading, we'd love a copy of 64-bit Windows!


SiSoft Sandra MAX3


SiSoft Sandra (System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) MAX3 is a synthetic Windows benchmark that features different tests used to evaluate different PC subsystems.


- Buffered



- Unbuffered



When overclocking we see quite a good 10% increase in performance.


CPU Arithmetic



Moving over to the CPU we also see another healthy increase in score. As you can see overclocking gives a good little score jump.


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