The AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Processor Review

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Game Testing

For game testing I decided to keep it simple, using only  Far Cry and Doom 3, but in addition a second set of benchmarks was run while also running Norton Anti-Virus.

Doom 3

Doom 3 is one of the most system taxing games available. Its popularity also makes it a great choice for system benchmarking. I like to use Time Demo 1 with resolution set to 1024×768 with detail set to high.

Doom 3

Doom 3 with Norton anti-virus

Far Cry- Volcano

Far Cry is another super popular FPS title that seriously taxes your systems graphics. HardwareOC developed this specialized benchmarking utility that automatically runs the test twice and averages out the score. V 1.41 was used here, with a resolution of 1024×768 and detail levels set to high.

Far Cry

Far Cry with Norton anti-virus

I ran these tests more than once (actually 3-4 times) because the results were all over the place. In Far Cry, the X2 3800+ was an awesome performer, posting scores that put it right up there with the Pentium D 840 EE. In Doom 3 it was another story, as the Pentium D 820 whupped up on the 3800+. Overall, the 4800+ is a smoking CPU!

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