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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [07.20.05]
Manufactured by: Intel


Doom 3

You all know what Doom 3 is all about. Let's get right to it:

The Athlon64 is firmly seated as "the" gaming CPU. The low clock speed of the Pentium D will hurt it in these single threaded games, as you'll see:

No matter what game you look at, the results are close to identical. The A64 crushes equivalent Pentiums. The Pentium D doesn't gain from its second core.

But what will happen in the future for gaming? To find out, we once again turn to Futuremark. The CPU test in 3DMark 05 should help; this is how it works:

The CPU not only calculates the vertex shaders in the first CPU test, but it also continuously calculates the flight path of the air ship. The air ship actually flies the same path as in game test 3 every time, but the calculations are performed as if it would intelligently steer according to the canyon shape and other obstacles like the sea monster jumping up from the water. The path finding algorithm used is D* Lite. The CPU tests are run fixed frame to make a more equal CPU load for all systems. The resolution is locked to 640x480 to decrease the graphics performance influence on the result.

So with the CPU doing more 'work' than in the above games, and adding multiple threads, will the Pentium D redeem itself?

Completely! We definitely have something to look forward to in gaming in the years to come. Personally, I would bet on the majority of games benefitting from mutiple threads by this time next year. Especially those that come over to the PC from the insanely multithreaded consoles that are coming out.

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