Intel's Pentium 4 3.06GHz: Hyper-Threading on Desktopsby Anand Lal Shimpi on November 14, 2002 5:39 AM EST
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3D Rendering Performance using SSE2
While 3dsmax 5 is SSE2 optimized, the level of optimization is nowhere near what NewTek reported with Lightwave upon releasing version 7.0b. The performance improvements offered by the new SSE2 optimized version were all above 20% using NewTek's supplied benchmarking scenes.
We chose three benchmarks to use, two of the lesser SSE2 optimized scenes and another that is more optimized just to get an idea of the potential that lies for Pentium 4 users running heavily optimized application
Where SSE2 comes into play, the Pentium 4 truly excels and can overshadow the Athlon XP's strong x87 FP capabilities.
We see even more SSE2 optimized functions in the radiosity_reflective_things scene, but watch as things change once we switch scenes:
Now the Athlon XP has the lead; it just goes to show you that the days of absolute performance leaders are gone, you can only hope to pick the processor that does better overall.
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