The Giga Battle

Professional OpenGL Performance - SPECviewperf 6.1.1, Continued

ProCDRS running on GeForce with the new 508 driver will become the favorite benchmark for Intel's platform division. It's the ONLY benchmark where the RDRAM-chipset i820 is declassing all the competition. VIA's Apollo Pro 133A looks extremely bad. Athlon would probably score a lot better if it had the memory bandwidth supplied by RDRAM or DDR-SDRAM. ProCDRS needs heavy memory bandwidth and AGP4x.

Floating Point Calculation Performance

3D Studio Max Release 1 may not be the latest version anymore, but that has one big advantage. This early version is still fully usable and it is neither using SSE nor 3DNow!. Therefore it is able to show the pure FPU-performance of a processor. The rendering performance in this benchmark does not depend on the platform, because the benchmark is purely running in the processor's L1-cache. That is why I didn't make any difference between the different platforms for each processor.

Athlon's pure FPU performance is some 33% percent higher than Coppermine's. This might not be important for the average user, but whoever is using scientific software will certainly appreciate Athlon's big performance advantage.