AMD's Athlon XP 3000+: Barton cuts it closeby Anand Lal Shimpi on February 10, 2003 2:24 AM EST
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Content Creation Performance (continued)
SYSMark 2002 isn't the world's best CPU benchmark for comparing the Athlon XP to the Pentium 4, but it does still make for a good comparison of processors within a given family. Thus we include it here to compare the Barton core to its predecessors, but first here's a list of the applications found in the Internet Content Creation suite of the benchmark:
Adobe Photoshop® 6.01
Adobe Premiere® 6.0
Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.1
Macromedia Dreamweaver 4
Macromedia Flash 5
Despite the shortcomings of the benchmark, ICC SYSMark 2002 paints a picture very similar to what we saw in Content Creation Winstone 2003. The main difference here is that the Barton core actually gives AMD a relatively decent boost.
Once again we see that the Pentium 4 only becomes competitive above 2GHz (the sub-2GHz Northwoods were left out of the CPU scaling charts for simplicity's sake), but the performance difference between the Pentium 4 and Athlon XP is somewhat exaggerated by this particular benchmark. What SYSMark is good for however is comparing CPUs within a particular microprocessor family, in which case you can see how much of a benefit the added L2 cache of the 3000+ gives the Athlon XP by that spike at the very end of the green line.