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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsSound Jun 4th, 2020 - 2:51 PM EST
    Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
    Author: David Pitlyuk | Paul Mazzucco
    Date Posted: August 3rd, 2001
    Rating: 7.5/10 SystemLogistics


    While 3dmark2001 is based off of a very current game engine (Max Payne reviews have already started popping up), Aquamark is a benchmark of an actual game: Aquanox. Aquanox is a DX8 game, and has extremely advanced visual features. This might lead one to believe that it should be totally video-card bound - other sites (Example here) have shown that only a GF3 can make use of its T&L engine for this demo. If this is indicative of the real game, then, on systems without a GF3, the CPU itself will limit the gaming performance. This should lead one to believe that, though the game is indeed very much graphics-card bound, even if the system has a GF3, performance should improve considerably with a faster CPU. Our results below indicate this as well.

    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    Since AquaMark is a DirectX 8 application, it does use a lot of the GeForce's 3 power over the processors, although we left the pixel shader off so that it would not depend on the video card as much. The Pentium keeps a 30% - 35% lead here, but when looking at other sites, the Athlon totally wrecks the Pentium 4. Even a 1.2GHz does better, and the use off DDR memory helps the Athlon substantially. The one thing we do notice is that the numbers overall aren't very gapped throughout a lot of the clock speeds, which just shows that the video card is really doing a lot of the performing.

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    1. Introduction
    2. Technology Overview
    3. Should You Buy Now?
    4. Benchmarks Introduction/The Test
    5. SYSmark 2001
    6. Winstone 2001
    7. OfficeBench 2001
    8. Quake III Arena
    9. 3DMark 2000/2001
    10. Aquamark
    11. Conclusion

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