Now let take a look at the performance of new Athlon 64 processors on the E3 core stepping in real games.
The situation is almost the same in all gaming benchmarks. Athlon 64 on the new Venice core is undoubtedly faster than the Winchester based predecessor working at the same clock frequency. However, this advantage is not overwhelming and makes 1.5% on average. Against the background of 4% performance gain Winchester based processors demonstrated in gaming applications over Newcastle based ones, the results we are seeing now from the E3 core stepping are a little bit disappointing. And this happens even in the games supporting SSE3 instructions, such as Doom III. However, we should keep in mind that AMD developed this new core not for the sake of higher performance, but for the sake of bigger frequency potential.