Duron 950 to Athlon XP 1.7+ in the test: AMD processor Roundup
- 1 Foreword
- 2 Overview
- 3 Technology
- True Performance Initiative
- 6 Requirement
- 7 Overclocking
- 8 Known bugs
- 9 Test system
- 19 Pricing
- 20 Conclusion
The Aquamark is a DirectX 8.0 benchmark from Massive and, like Aquanox, is based on the Krass engine. A detailed underwater world is shown. AquaNox uses the GeForce3 nFiniteFX engine. With more than 160 vertex shaders, special effects such as layered fog, caustics, photo-realistic materials, radiosity lighting and shadows are created in real time. Pixel shaders are used for bump mapping and bespoke lighting effects. However, the frame rates from Aquamark are significantly below those from Aquanox. Here, too, the processor understandably influences the results.
There was no Aquamark in either the low or high resolution Surprises. The Athlon XP 1700+ emerges as the winner and the Duron (Morgan) has no chance against the slower Athlon as in all 3D tests so far.
The GLMark is from the German Software company Vulpine and, like 3DMark2000 and 3DMark2001 for DirectX, is a purely synthetic benchmark for OpenGL. The benchmark is highly complex and can already use some of the new GeForce3 features. Here, too, an increase in performance can be achieved with a new processor.
The distances between the individual processors are not earth-shattering, but confirm all the results so far. The Duron (Morgan) 950, a downclocked version of the 1.0 GHz Duron for our test, has so far always been able to beat its predecessor, the Duron 950 with Spitefire core, with the same clock rate. The Athlon beats the entire Morgan squad again here.
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