..:: AquaMark 3.0 ::..
To start off the gaming related synthetic benchmarks, we’re going to cover results that we attained from AquaMark 3.0. This is a gorgeous benchmark and can place some serious strain on any system. For our benchmarking purposes, we ran the default test at 1024 x 768 x 32 with no anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering enabled. As far as these results go, we see nearly identical results posted by each of the various processors. The Extreme Edition CPU’s have a clear advantage over the “Prescott” CPU’s on a clock for clock basis, mainly due to the added 2MB of cache provided by the Extreme Edition. In these coming gaming benchmarks, this is likely going to be the same story you’ll hear over and over again. An added L3 cache of 2MB is enough to make a big difference in performance between equally clocked processors.
..:: FutureMark 3DMark2003 ::..
The next benchmark that we’ll be covering from a gaming aspect is that of FutureMark’s 3DMark 2003. Much as I expected heading into this benchmark, we once again find that the Extreme Edition CPU is able to best the “Prescott” by a fair margin, although I was expecting a more pronounced performance difference. The Extreme Edition is able to best an equally clocked “E” by around 250 – 300 points or so, give or take either way. With a combination of the Extreme Edition Pentium 4 and a high performance graphics adapter, this benchmarking suite becomes a beauty to watch, especially the nature scenes, but I digress.