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Mad Onion's 3D Mark 2000

Duron 6292
Celeron 5327

In my review of the Absolute Multimedia GeForce2 GTS it became apparent that the CPU was actually the limiting factor in obtaining a high 3D Mark score. Considering the GeForce2 is running at the stock 66 MHz AGP bus and not the 89 MHz it ran at during my highest testing in its review with the Pentium III this score is very acceptable. As a matter of fact, my Pentium III @ 690 MHz scores 6178 with 3D Mark 2K. The Celeron just got pounded by Duron, even though it walked into this comparison looking like a champ.

While 3D Mark is a good benchmark for comparing your system performance to another's, it simply doesn't show all the performance capable from a configuration like a game benchmark can. You can download 3D Mark 2000 here.

Quake 3 Arena

Duron

640 x 480
800 x 600
1280 x 1024
Fastest
104.9
103.5
100.2
Normal
98.1
97.4
94.4
High Quality
97.7
96.5
60.8

Celeron

 
640 x 480
800 x 600
1280 x 1024
Fastest
102
95
94.2
Normal
97.3
93.8
92
High Quality
95.8
84.6
51.7

Here, the resolutions are all separated. You can figure out where your gaming preferences fall. The Azza/Duron combo just surpassed the Celeron2 in every resolution and configuration. This is the first CPU I've tested with this video card that surpassed 60 FPS at 1280 x 1024 in High Quality configuration. Considering the biggest limitation for this GTS card was the CPU, the Duron is just killing the Celeron2. The differences really stant out in the High Quality benchmarks - the Duron's lead is quite impressive in the higher resolutions. Anyone remember that this is the CPU that is 50 MHz slower and had slower memory performance due to the motherboard?

 





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