SiSoft Sandra and 3D Mark 2001: SE

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The memory results of all three test systems are relatively close. Because all of the systems are using DDR memory there aren’t any big Pentium 4 advantages. The P4 2.53 GHz system does come out ahead by about 2% or less, and even the 2200+ beats the 2600+. The results are close enough to put the differences off to minor system settings and changes.

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The Sandra processor scores are showing nice results on behalf of the Athlon XP 2600+ processor. On the integer-processing test (ALU) we see the newest Thoroughbred core processor come out 25% faster than the P4 system and 18% faster than the 2200+ Athlon. However on the floating-point tests (FPU) the Athlon 2600+ is behind to the Intel setup by just about 4% but bested AMD’s previous best performer by 18% again.

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The scores on the 3D Mark test show the three systems are very close especially in the 32-bit color mode. This shows us that at this resolution and color depth, the video card seems to be more of a bottleneck than CPU power. However, the new Athlon XP 2600+ processor does come out a couple hundred points ahead in each instance – always a good showing.

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