Anandtech takes a look at the 1.4GHz Athlon 64
If the naming of the desktop hammer alone can release such a need for discussion, then Anandtech has exactly the right material today: A first look at a sample clocked at 1.4 GHz brought new insights.
The computer shown at Comdex was clocked almost 600MHz higher than the model that AMD had already presented to colleagues from TecChannel.de for the first time at Computex . Back then, the CPU beat a Pentium 4 that was twice as fast with 1.6 GHz in Quake3Arena, the P4's parade discipline.
Unfortunately, Anandtech was only able to run one benchmark again, the very graphics card limited 3DMark2001SE, where it achieved values of 1.4 GHz on the level of a P4 2.2 or Athlon XP 2.2+. Thus the per clock performance of the hammer (1400MHz) seems to be a good 28% higher than that of the Athlon XP core (2200+ = 1800MHz), at least in this discipline. However, the Quake3Arena result is not confirmed. The CPU (800MHz) was able to keep up with a 100% higher clocked P4 (Willamette). So, linearly calculated, the Pentium 2.8GHz results should be achieved in 3DMark - but this is not the case.
The guys from Anandtech also had to consider the system stability. Not only did the AMD chipset not want to run stably with AGP 8x. The statement
Judging by the stability of the system we played with, AMD's only issue right now is getting clock speeds up.
should mean a lot of work for the development departments. And even to the ambitious goal of an AMD Athlon 64 3400+ with 2GHz there still seems to be a long way to go. If the rating on 32-bit applications doesn't even have to be revised downwards slightly. Unfortunately, there were no new findings about 64-bit operation. Pictures are available from our colleagues at Anandtech.com .