We obviously tested the Athlon XP 3000+ with a variety of benchmarks and it quickly became clear that it only managed to best it archrival, the 3.06GHz Pentium 4 with HyperThreading, with a number of older benchmarks such as Winstone 2001 and portions of SYSmark2001.
But because these older benchmarks do not yet include optimizations for new technologies such as SSE2, the Pentium 4 is obviously not performing at its fullest. So we opted to use some of the latest benchmarks to get a better perspective of the performance of both processors and tested them with SYSmark2002, SiSoft Sandra 2003, 3Dmark2001se and 3Dmark2003. Take notice that all of these benchmark graphs start with an offset to better illustrate the marginal differences between the processors.
With these recent benchmarks we can clearly see that the Athlon XP 3000+ lacks the performance to dethrone the 3.06GHz Pentium 4 with HyperThreading but manages to beat the 2700+ in all of the benchmarks. Whether the 3000+ performance rating is justified we still have our doubts, because only at 2500MHz, a 3500+ performance rating, and 333MHz over specification, the Barton manages to pull ahead of the 3.06GHz Pentium 4 in all but one benchmark, and thatís SYSmark2002.
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