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A New Kind Of Fast: AMD Athlon XP 2200+

MPEG-2 Video Encoding: Pinnacle Studio 7

The AMD Athlon XP 2200+ creates an MPEG 2 film with Pinnacle Studio 7 in 81.2 seconds, which is almost as fast as the P4/2200. The slowest candidate is once again the AMD Athlon 850, which we included only for comparison purposes. The fastest CPU here is the P4/2533, which encodes the video in 66.6 seconds - that's a lead of 22%. Note: all overclocked processors are indicated by the grey bars and are used for reference.

DirectX8 Hardcore Game: Comanche 4

Comanche 4 is one of the first games on the market to offer support for DirectX 8. This game puts quite a hefty load on the CPU, and it runs significantly faster on the P4/2533 than on the AMD Athlon XP 2200+. When run with the older processors, such as the Athlon 850, this game can hardly be played. Note: all overclocked processors are indicated by the grey bars and are used for reference.