Testbed and Methods
The technological advantages of the Sempron 3000+ for Socket 939 over its Socket 754 analog put it into an intermediate position between the Socket 754 Sempron 3000+ and the Socket 939 Athlon 64 3000+. Considering that both Sempron 3000+ models are going to cost you about the same money, it will be quite interesting to check the performance level of the Socket 939 one.
So, we performed our tests to compare the two versions of Sempron 3000+ between each other and with the Athlon 64 3000+. To have a bigger picture, we also admitted a competing product to the race – an Intel Celeron D 351 processor with a default clock rate of 3.2GHz.
Here’s a full list of hardware parts we made use of during this test session:
- AMD Athlon 64 3000+ (Socket 939, 1.8GHz, 512KB L2, Venice revision Е3)
- Sempron 3000+ (Socket 939, 1.8GHz, 128KB L2, Palermo revision E3)
- Sempron 3000+ (Socket 754, 1.8GHz, 128KB L2, Palermo revision E6)
- Intel Celeron D 351 (LGA775, 3.2GHz, 256KB L2, 533MHz FSB, Prescott-256)
- ASUS P5LD2 Deluxe (LGA775, i945P)
- DFI NF4 Ultra-D (Socket 939, NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra)
- DFI LANPARTY UT nF3 250Gb (Socket 754, NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb)
- Corsair CMX512-3200XL, 2 x 512MB, DDR400 SDRAM, 2-2-2-5
- Corsair CM2X512A-5400UL, 2 x 512MB, DDR2-533 SDRAM, 3-2-2-8
- Graphics cards:
- PowerColor RADEON X800 XT (PCI Express x16)
- PowerColor RADEON X800 XT (AGP 8x)
- Disk subsystem: Maxtor MaXLine III 250GB (Serial ATA-150)
We performed the tests in Windows XP SP2; the mainboards’ BIOSes were tuned for the maximum performance.