3DMark 2000 & SPECviewperf

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Now this round of testing will include the 3Dmark 2000 suite of benchmarks. The standard 3Dmark 2000 tests can be run at varying resolutions, but I chose 1024×768 since it seemed to be a happy medium between frame-rate and visual aesthetics.

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The 3DMark test is another “real-world-gaming” test scenario that can be easily compared to other systems and setups. Once again, the Thunderbird comes out on top, in both the 16- and 32-bit modes. This is not surprising, as standard gaming and bigger work loads take at least a minimal advantage of the L2 cache on the Thunderbird processor. However, the Duron does amazingly well for the price, and comes close to its sibling in this test.

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These SPECviewperf tests are new to Athlonmb.com and to me, personally. They are run under a Windows 2000 environment, and test various aspects of the CPU. This first test is the Lightscape-03 test, and shows the Thunderbird VERY closely followed by the Duron. These test are good high-end OpenGL tests, and are a good source of information for business/CAD workers.

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This is the only other SPECviewperf test I will be displaying today. As time goes on and I get more comfortable with the testing procedures and environments with the program, you should see more and more of this. The AWAD test shows a more significant distance between the Duron and Thunderbird counterparts. This test obviously uses the L2 cache of the Thunderbird, and is forced to crunch harder on the Duron to get the same test conclusion. Both results are decent for their clock speed, as the nearest Intel test result I could find was around 91.5 for an Intel 800 MHz CPU.

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