3DMark03 Performance Factors

By acidosmosis
Jul 31, 2003
  1. Now, I've been one to constantly say how benchmarks are of no real use when it comes to seeing how well your system will perform in gaming. This just goes to prove my "theory" a bit more. If a 350MHz P2 can compete with a 1.4GHz Celeron or 2.8GHz P4 in 3DMark 2003 then we have a lot to learn about benchmarking. Not to say that this article is true but if it is then you may all want to rethink your opinions on benchmarks and start performing "real benchmarks" by actually playing games to see how well your system will perform and using your own brain
    to figure out how to configure your new PC to be able to play upcoming game titles.

    The thing is of course a system can push some graphics well with a Radeon 9700 Pro even if it is a 350MHz PC, but when it comes to actually playing these hard core titles such as Battlefield 1942 or Half Life 2 or Doom 3 then your obviously going to need some processor power and RAM among other things.

    Ace's Hardware has stumbled accross something interesting while testing out 3Dmark03 on a PII 350 and a Radeon 9700 Pro.

    While doing some research on an old 350 MHz Pentium II system, Johan came across some interesting results while benchmarking 3DMark03. When equipped with a high-end video card, like a Radeon 9700 Pro, the 350 MHz Pentium II was able to more than keep pace with a 1.4 GHz Pentium III Celeron and even a 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 in several of the 3DMark03 game tests.

    Perhaps this should not come as a suprise, since 3DMark03 is, after all, primarily a video card benchmark. But how much of one? Given the sheer magnitude of difference between the 350 MHz Pentium II and more modern hardware, we decided to investigate further to determine whether or not these 3DMark03 results would be mirrored in real-world gaming situations.

    more at http://www.aceshardware.com/read.jsp?id=60000242
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