AMD Athlon 64 & Athlon 64 FX - It's Judgment Dayby Anand Lal Shimpi on September 23, 2003 1:25 PM EST
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We are at an interesting point in PC gaming history, as DX9 titles are released the way we look at performance will change considerably. Unfortunately we are not able to bring you performance numbers based on titles such as Half-Life 2 just yet, but come September 30th the release of the benchmarking demo will allow us to do just that. Until then, we're left with our usual DX7/DX8 benchmarking titles to show off:
The Athlon 64 does extremely well under Quake III Arena, historically an Intel-dominated test. The Pentium 4 3.2 EE and Athlon 64 FX perform very similarly in this test.
Not all tests are easily influenced by CPU performance, as is made evident by these Splinter Cell results that show virtually no performance difference between all platforms.
Under Unreal Tournament 2003, AMD and Intel are virtually tied for first place...
Although when we're talking pure physics and AI performance, AMD is the clear leader. The Pentium 4 EE manages to regain some lost ground for Intel, but not enough.