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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.02.04]
Manufactured by: Intel

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Rendering Performance

Okay, enough fun and games, let's get to work! Well, if you make a living producing 3D content, you'll want to know how these CPU's do in rendering applications.

For rendering performance, we are using CineBench, a CPU based rendering platform based on Maxon Cinema's 4D modeling, rendering, and annimation program. This program supports hyperthreading, and heavily favors it, so watch the P4 kick some ass here:

Unfortunately the Prescott is not able to keep up with the Northwood in this case. I guess we are seeing the long pipeline at work here...

But in the shading test, the Prescot performs very well, as it is possibly able to make use of its extra cache. No HT performance increase here!

In KribiBench, a 100% CPU based 3D rendering app, Prescott and Northwood perform neck and nect. It's almost embarassing to see the A64 down there performing like a 2.8 without HT!

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