Gaming Multitasking Scenario

Our gaming multitasking test basically performs all of the tasks from our first Multitasking Scenario, with the exception of DVD Shrink.  We have Firefox loaded with all 13 tabs from our new suite test, iTunes is running and playing a playlist, and Newsleecher is downloading headers.  We kept Newsleecher in this test simply because it's the best way for us to be able to have a fairly CPU/disk intensive downloading task running in the background while still maintaining some semblance of repeatability.  So, replace Newsleecher with BitTorrent or any other resource-consuming downloading that you may be doing and you're good to go. Note that although we refer to Newsleecher as disk-intensive, it isn't that disk intensive at all, like most downloading operations, in the grand scheme of things; it just acts as a good real world background task to have running.

Of course, Norton AntiVirus 2004 and Microsoft's AntiSpyware Beta were also running in the background. 

First, we ran our Doom 3 benchmark:

Gaming Multitasking Performance (Doom 3)

AMD has always been extremely strong in gaming performance; thus, the results above are no surprise at all. It is worth pointing out that when multitasking is involved, even Intel's dual core CPUs end up being faster than the fastest single core Athlon 64 FX-55.

Next up is Splinter Cell:

Gaming Multitasking Performance (Splinter Cell: CT)

Gaming Multitasking Performance (Splinter Cell: CT)

Gaming Multitasking Performance (Splinter Cell: CT)

Multitasking Scenario 4: 3D Rendering Final Words
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  • Ender17 - Monday, May 9, 2005 - link

    Would have been nice to have a 2.8GHz Pentium D so you could get a sense of how the Intel chips scaled with an increase in the clock speed.
  • RadeonGuy - Monday, May 9, 2005 - link

    Great Article Anand

    very depthful
  • ashegam - Monday, May 9, 2005 - link

    I'm having a woodygasm :)
  • nourdmrolNMT1 - Monday, May 9, 2005 - link

    looks very promising

  • potato pc - Sunday, October 20, 2019 - link

    I just looked into this article because my destkop in 2019 on windows 10 has it.

    man its insane how dual cores were powerful at this time.
  • brug69 - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - link

    so crazy that this was 15 years ago, and yall never had a clue that there would ever be 64 core processors today...
  • DARK_BG - Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - link

    Hah I was reading this review 15 years ago and with their prices back then I was only dreaming about the 1024kb dual core ones :) Well I took it 3 years later second hand Athlon 64X2 4800+ :D Still working on Asus A8N-E with a ATI HD4850 now used by my grandfather just to read the news :)
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