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The Dual Trap: Athlon MP 2000+ vs. Xeon 2200

Benchmarks Under Windows XP

3D RenderingLightwave 7b
3D Rendering3D Studio Max 4.2
3D RenderingCinema 4D XL 7.303
MP3 Audio EncodingMP3 Maker
MPEG-2 Video EncodingPinnacle Studio 7
MPEG 4 Video EncodingXMpeg 4.2a and Divx 4.12
Office PerformanceSysmark 2002
ArchivingWinACE 2.1
SiSoft Sandra 2002 ProCPU and Multimedia Bench

We performed a total of 12 different benchmark tests in order to obtain the most complete, well-balanced view of how the two dual systems perform. You can get a clear overall picture from the benchmark results for a total of six different processors.

The different MPEG-encoding benchmarks provide a comprehensive testing environment - MP3 Maker was used to encode a 178 MB WAV file into MPEG-1 Layer 3 format. Still an established standard, our MPEG-4 test converts a file from a commercial DVD-ROM into MPEG-4 format using Xmpeg 4.2a and the Divx 4.12 codec. We also created an MPEG-2 film using the video-editing software "Pinnacle Studio 7." A regular in our list of benchmarks is determining rendering performance using Newtek's Lightwave (version 7b). In order to determine office performance, we used the Sysmark 2002 benchmark. 3D Studio Max 4.2 and Cinema 4D XL R7 provide a comprehensive suite of 3D benchmarks.