For the mutlitasking portion of the tests, I decided to keep it fairly simple and focus on what most people will see and deal with. I Chose to run several benchmarks a second time, but in addition, added Norton Anti-Virus, a famous resource hog. Most people talk about running an virus scan or spyware app in the background and having trouble playing games.
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.
3DMark03 is a collection of four 3D gmae based tests. Each 3DMark03 game test is a real-time rendering of a 3D scenario. It is important to note that these renderings are not merely animations or a set of recorded events; they are designed to function like 3D games work. As with 3D games, all computations are performed in real time. This is a critical part of FutureMarks philosophy of 3D graphics benchmarking.
AquaMark3 is a powerful tool to determine reliable information about the gaming performance of a computer system. Again, resolution was set 1024×768.
The Pentium D’s pull out a couple of wins here in multi-tasking. All the processors performed well in every test thus far, but for the most part, the X2 3800+ really shines as a “low end” CPU.
But wait, theres more. On the next page, I ran a virus scan while playing Doom 3 and Far Cry. In my opinion this, outside of video and audio encoding, is the most common multti threaded situations you would expect to see right now.