3DMark05 is best suited for the latest generation of DirectX 9.0 graphics cards. It is the first benchmark to require a DirectX9.0 compliant hardware with support for Pixel Shaders 2.0 or higher! By combining high quality 3D tests, CPU tests, feature tests, image quality tools, and much more, 3DMark05 is a premium benchmark for evaluating the latest generation of gaming hardware.
Moving over to 3DMark 05 version 1.2.0 we can see how dual core performs in a lightly threaded application. Here we see the Intel Pentium 955 Processor Extreme Edition take the lead for Intel, but it wasn’t enough to catch the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ or the brand new AMD Athlon 64 X2 FX-60 processors. The overall score showed the single cored 4800+ in a dead heat with the dual core FX-60.
Looking at CPU Test #1 we can see that the AMD 4800+ with it’s higher frequency (2.8GHz) single core beats our the dual core FX-60 by just 0.1 frames per second. The Intel Pentium 955 Extreme Edition has a good lead over the other Intel EE’s and the 3.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 670, but still half a fps behind.
Taking a quick look at the CPU Test details from the 3DMark05 test runs it can be seen that the Intel 955 and AMD FX-60 processors are close with only a 0.2 Frame Per Second (FPS) difference between the two in CPU test #2.