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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Finally we have our 3D Rendering tests, which are composed of Lightwave and 3dsmax. 3D rendering has been increasingly favorable to the Pentium 4 due to the vast number of SSE2 optimizations that are present in current applications, but with the Athlon 64's SSE2 support will the playing field be leveled at all?
AMD manages to come very close to Intel, finally, in 3D rendering performance that is accelerated by the use of SSE2 optimizations. Intel still holds the lead, but AMD is finally competitive.
AMD even manages to take the lead in this Lightwave test, something that was never thought possible from AMD before the Athlon 64.
Closing off with 3dsmax, Intel still does have the performance lead in 3D rendering applications as well.