Upon looking at the benchmarks and especially those generated by SiSoft Sandra, the Xeon DP packs a memory throughput and overall raw performance that is nothing short from impressive. But as we indicated earlier, Sandra doesn’t really stress the system, its more a measure of raw performance, not a substitute for real world performance. As one thing is clear when looking at the SYSmark 2001 scores, the benchmark is in favor of the Xeon DP configuration:
Internet Cont. Creat. score, Xeon DP: 250
Internet Cont. Creat. score, Pentium III Xeon: 170
Internet Cont. Creat. Performance increase: (250/170 x 100%) = 47%
SPECviewperf is another story, as mentioned before, it is a professional OpenGL benchmark and does a number of tests that are standardized within the benchmark. Overall the SPECviewperf was clearly in favor of the Pentium III Xeon configuration.
3DMark 2001 scores are equally conclusive, although the GeForce2 Ultra was often really being pushed to the limit and framerate really dropped to a crawl, the Xeon DP platform still managed to best the Pentium III Xeon’s score.
Overall 3DMark 2001 Performance increase: (3440/3025 x 100%) = 13.7%
Unfortunately we were unable to complete even a single run of Video2000 with the Pentium III Xeon platform, the system just kept locking up, whatever solution we tried, none of them worked unfortunately.
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