Performance During 3D Rendering
The improvements introduced in the Athlon 64 FX-51 processor core appear very efficient by speeding up the rendering in 3d studio max 5.1. However, this application uses Hyper-Threading technology of the Pentium 4 processor family and hence doesn’t allow AMD CPUs to show their real best. Athlon 64 FX-51 is even slower than the regular Pentium 4, not to mention Pentium 4 Extreme Edition.
And in Lightwave 7.5 the situation is different. SSE2 support introduced in the new AMD64 based processors has significantly improved their performance in this application. As a result, even Pentium 4 Extreme Edition working at 3.2GHz and supporting 800MHz bus, Hyper-Threading and 2MB L3 cache falls behind AMD Athlon 64 FX-51.
CINEMA4D, like 3d studio max 5.1, also uses Hyper-Threading very actively. And of course, the absence of any analogy to this technology by AMD Athlon 64 FX doesn’t allow the new processor perform worthily: even Pentium 4 3.2GHz is 22% faster than the new AMD processor.
And the new Maya 5.0 is more tolerant to Athlon 64 architecture. As we see, Athlon 64 FX-51 is the leader here.