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Why Gamers Prefer Athlon 64

In this article by UK Gamer, they show what most have us have seen in numerous other reviews.  The Athlon 64 consistently beats the Pentium 4 by 10% - 20% in 3D game performance.  Although this doesn't seem like

=-[much, imaging being just 10% faster in Doom 3 or Counter Strike...that's the difference between death and living to vaporize other pitiful Pentium 4 noobs!!  The Athlon 64 choice would be a no-brainer, for us, at even a 5% the Athlon 64 is less expensive.

Here you have it from UK Gamer:

AMD Athlon 64 : FX-51 performance - 32-bit synthetic game benchmarks

Due to it's age, 3DMark 2001 SE provides us with a useful way of determining system performance as it is no longer completely reliant on boundaries posed by graphics cards. This is the first test where we start to use the ATI Radeon 9800 PRO and NVIDIA Geforce FX 5900 Ultra cards. 3DMark 2001 SE build 330 was used with default settings enabled.



The Athlon 64 FX-51 eases past both Athlon XP 3200+ and P4 3.2GHz. Taking the figures posted by the Radeon 9800 PRO, we see a 11% increase over the Pentium 4 and over 15% on the Athlon XP 3200+. Similar performance gains are seen with the Geforce FX 5900 Ultra.

3DMark 2003 is bound more tightly to graphics card performance due to more graphically demanding game tests, however we posted these results for completeness. 3DMark 2003 patched at 330 was used.



As expected the differences are much smaller and surprisingly when using the FX 5900 Ultra scores were slightly higher on the P4 3.2GHz than the FX-51.


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