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 965 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 955/965 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 the AMD processors.
Taking a quick look at the CPU Test details from
the 3DMark05 test runs it can be seen that the Intel 965 and AMD FX-60
processors are close with only a 0.1 Frame Per Second
(FPS) difference between the two in CPU