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AMD Turns Up The Heat: Athlon XP 1900+

Benchmarks: 18 Rigorous Tests

OpenGL PerformanceQuake 3 Arena "Demo 1" and "NV15 Demo"
Direct3D Performance3D Mark 2000 and 3D Mark 2001
3D RenderingNewtek Lightwave 7b
3D RenderingSPECviewperf "Lightscape"
MP3 Audio EncodingLame MP3 Encoder
MPEG-2 Video EncodingPinnacle Studio 7
MPEG-4 Video EncodingFlask Mpeg 0.6 and DivX codec 4.02
Office PerformanceSysmark 2001
ArchivingWinACE 2.04
Compiling Linux KernelSuse Linux 7.3 (Kernel 2.4.13)
SiSoft Sandra 2001CPU and Multimedia Bench

We performed a total of 18 different benchmark tests (the same used in the last comparison ) in order to obtain the most complete, the most well-balanced view of how the processors perform, only this time the focus was on the Athlon XP 1900+. We continued to determine OpenGL performance using four different Quake tests - Direct3D performance from the DirectX package is determined using the 3D Mark 2000 (based on DirectX 7) and the 3D Mark 2001 (based on DirectX 8).

The different MPEG-encoding benchmarks represent a comprehensive testing scenario - the Lame MP3 Encoder was used to encode a 178 MB WAV file into "MPEG-1 Layer 3 Format." Still a classic, our MPEG-4 test converts a file from a commercial DVD-ROM into MPEG-4 format using Flask Mpeg and DivX.

A new addition to our benchmark suite is encoding an MPEG-2 file within a project by using "Pinnacle Studio 7" video editing software.