AMD Athlon 64 3800+ - Page 4
Prime95 is basically a Mersenne prime number discovery program. It's a great
example of Distributed Computing but it's most loved by overclockers for
its powerful system stress-testing and benchmarking abilities. It can torture
test your CPU to produce its maximum heat or spit out any errors due to excessive
overclocking. Also using the blend test it can consume all your physical memory
and run error-checking tests on your modules to ensure their quality. However,
right now we're mostly interested in it for its benchmarking capabilities.
Here are the timings for our Athlon 64 3800+, Athlon XP 2000+ and an Intel
The power of the 3800+ is self-evident.We were excited to see that when comparing
it to the Athlon XP processor, its calculations took almost half the time of
the latter, therefore justifying it's name. However, when it comes
to the Intel P4 running at 2.4GHz, we can see it falls behind but only for
a few microseconds (µs).
You might wonder why we are comparing one of AMD's latest processors with
a previous generation Intel Pentium 4 and actually be satisfied with the results.
The fact is that AMD processors are well known for their lousy results in computational
applications such as Prime95 and their generally decreased performance in applications
where the actual CPU clock speed plays the most important role. Keep that in
mind and also note that Prime95 is mostly optimised for Pentium 4 processors.