Dual Core Stress Test: AMD vs. Intel

The Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Vs. The Pentium 840 EE, Continued

We are running a total of four applications in parallel, putting the two systems under enormous pressure. For the processors and graphics cards that means an extremely heavy-duty workload. Although both CPUs are dual-core, Intel has for a short time now also been employing HyperThreading. This thus places four virtual processors at the disposal of the Pentium 840 EE!

And now on to the parallel processes executed demanding intensive computing performance: first off we are compressing the software Doom 3, consisting of 3 CDs, with the help of Winrar, while providing a graphical display of the number of cycles. At the same time, we are compressing a DVD of the latest James Bond movie, "Die Another Day," into the space-saving DivX format. The third process is to MP3-encode the Michael Jackson audio CD "Dangerous". The number of cycles for both systems over specific periods of time is also displayed graphically.

For you 3D gaming fans, we have Farcry running in a special THG demo mode. This application places the dual SLI graphics cards under maximum load, with picture resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.