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AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 (Socket 939) Processor Review

By: Mike Wright | AMD CPUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 10, 2004 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: AMD



When we look at Futuremark benchmarking utilities, we have several to choose from. I used several of them since they are freely available on the Net and can easily be run with most current system specifications. Tests will be run at normal default settings unless otherwise noted. AA/AF will be turned off in the video display properties so they won't be a factor in this series of tests.


For the sake of clarification, I use the formal company name of MadOnion for the first test since that is what they were still called when they created the 3DMark2001 utility. They changed their name to Futuremark before the next revision came out, but the two companies are in essence the same.


MadOnion 3DMark2001


3DMark2001 SE is a part of the popular 3DMark series. By combining DirectX 8.1 support with completely new graphics (including the GeForce4), it continues to provide benchmark results that empower you to make informed hardware assessments.


Futuremark 3DMark03


3DMark03 is the latest version of the highly favored 3DMark series. By combining full DirectX9.0 support with completely new tests and graphics, 3DMark03 continues the legacy of being industry standard benchmark.


Futuremark PCMark04


PCMark2004 is a multipurpose benchmark, suited for benchmarking all kinds of PCs, from laptops to workstations, as well as across multiple Windows operating systems. This easy-to-use benchmark makes professional strength benchmarking software available even to novice users. PCMark04 consists of a series of tests that represent common tasks in home and office programs. PCMark04 also covers many additional areas outside the scope of other Futuremark benchmarks.






Yes, I know, I'm still being a little on the lazy side and batching the Futuremark tests together. I prefer to do it this way, however, since it shows all vital information without adding extra pages to the review.


Beginning with the 3DMark series of tests, we see a bit of disparity between the two tests. This was pretty much expected, though, since the "03" version was rumored from the beginning to be graphics card driven instead of being an accurate assessment of total system performance. We have included the test anyway since many like to see where the results lead. Take it for what it's worth, but I don't put a lot of faith in the thing.


That said, we see a very impressive gain when testing the systems under 3DMark2001. Considering that both systems are identical with the exception of the processor and mainboard, we've managed to show a very nice 35% increase in scores. Not too shabby at all! The 3DMark03 scores only managed to garner a 9% performance increase, but again, I personally don't put a lot of stock in this particular test.


Moving on to the PCMark portion of the test shows again some decent increases in the performance numbers. Since PCMark uses several different tests, many of which use commonly used activities such as video compression and audio converting, we get to see a synthetic test of more non-gaming type functions. Our results showed a 14% increase in overall score and a 15% improvement in CPU scores. Also included was a set of memory tests since the memory controller is built directly into the processor of the Athlon FX processor being tested. Remember, the memory modules used were the same in both test systems. If you can do the math, the result comes out to a very impressive 80% increase in memory scores for the new kid on the block. Sweet!


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