Performance in 3D Rendering Applications
AMD processors could do the rendering in 3ds max 5 much faster, if they supported Hyper-Threading technology, which has already helped Intel Pentium 4 processor an immense lot here. As for Athlon 64 3200+, it doesn’t tend to prove anything here, but still defeats Opteron 146 with dual-channel memory subsystem and Athlon XP 3200+ with higher clock frequency.
Faster memory subsystem and SSE2 support have had a very positive effect on the CPUs with AMD64 architecture in Lightwave test. However, Athlon 64 3200+ still doesn’t manage to outperform Pentium 4 3.2GHz.
Note that in all 3D rendering applications low memory subsystem latency appears more important for the performance than high memory bus bandwidth. In all the three tests: 3ds max 5, Lightwave and CINEMA4D, Athlon 64 3200+ outperforms Opteron 146.