It is very hard for Athlon XP processors to compete with Pentium 4 in rendering tasks, because Pentium 4 can process two data streams simultaneously. Unfortunately, AMD doesn’t plan to introduce any technologies similar to Intel’s Hyper-Threading even in the future Athlon 64 CPUs.
The POV-Ray 3.5 looks the same as previous tests results.
Performance: Scientific Applications
To test the new processors performing scientific calculations we took ScienceMark 2.0 (read more about it here). This benchmark supports multi-threading, all SIMD-instructions, including MMX, 3DNow!, SSE and SSE2.
It has been known for a long time that Athlon XP processors are good in math1ematical modeling and cryptography. These results are another proof of this fact. Although, even here Athlon XP loses little by little its advantage over the competitor. For example, the new Pentium 4 3.2GHz managed to win the first prize in Molecular Dynamics test.