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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsSound Jun 4th, 2020 - 4:15 PM EST
    Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
    Author: David Pitlyuk | Paul Mazzucco
    Date Posted: August 3rd, 2001
    Rating: 7.5/10 SystemLogistics


    3dmark2000 is a MS DirectX 7 based benchmark. The main goal is to get a rough estimate as to how a DirectX 7 based game will run. This benchmark obviously takes the video card into consideration, however the lower resolution scores can be used for a relatively good estimate of a CPU and it's memory subsystems' performance. The greater the resolution, and the higher the color depth, the more the video card becomes the bottleneck, as it has more data to process to display on the screen. However, as the game engine used in 3dmark2000 is DX7 based, it does not make use of the pixel and vertex shaders that the GeForce3 has, so there is again less reliance on the video card.

    3dmark2001, on the other hand, is based on the Max Payne game engine, (which we shall be reviewing shortly) which has a higher polygon count, and does make use of the pixel and vertex shaders on the GeForce3. The scores between 3dmark 2000 and 2001 can't be compared, however.

    The most important scores here are in the lower resolutions for the reasons stated above. However, the other resolutions are included to show how even far faster processors make much smaller differences at the highest resolutions (where the video card becomes the limiting factor). We used a GeForce3, which is generally the fastest video card around to limit the impact the video card has on the benchmarks.

    3DMark 2000

    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    3DMark 2000 tests the processing power a bit more than 3DMark 2001 mainly because of its DirectX 7 usage over DirectX 8. Especially since we are using a GeForce 3, which supports technologies like pixel shading in DirectX 8. As any 3D performance test, the higher the resolution, the more the video card comes into play over the processor. We can see from the numbers that the Pentium 4 keeps a good 25% performance gap between the Athlon. Again, other sites ran 3DMark 2001, so we can't tell you how close some of the higher end Athlon's come unfortunately.

    3DMark 2001

    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    The Pentium 4 here keeps a pretty consistent 20% performance lead over the Athlon. One thing that you should note is that 3DMark 2001 supports SSE2 instructions, giving the Pentium 4 a bit of an edge. It would be interesting to see what the next generation Athlon can do, since it will support SSE instructions as well.

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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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