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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Development Workstation Performance
One test we've always been asked to run is a Visual Studio/Visual C compile test, however we never had a project large enough to compile. Sitting around talking about Athlon 64 testing one day we came up with the idea of using the publicly available Quake 3 source code as a compile test for CPUs, and thus for this next test we timed how long it took for the Quake 3 source code to compile.
This compile test should be a relatively good indicator of overall compile performance, which will be very useful for those of you that have very large projects that can take countless minutes to well over an hour to compile.
These results shouldn't be too surprising as compilers are very branch-happy applications, which definitely penalize long pipelines like the Pentium 4's. There will be more optimized compilers available for the Pentium 4 in the future that may exploit multithreaded compiling with the generation of helper threads to show performance improvements courtesy of Hyper Threading, but for now if you want a good development workstation - AMD is the way to go.