The third product in the 3DMark series, after 3DMark99 Max and 3DMark2000, is by far the most popular. Although it doesn't really accurately represent the gaming performance of the system anymore, it still gives a good image of how good your system performs when changing certain components, like the CPU, for instance.
The 3DMark2001SE benchmark is known for being quite CPU dependant, meaning you will see a nice boost in score when you overclock your CPU, or swap it out for a faster one. In case of the E6300 vs E2160 the L2 cache difference is certainly noticeable, at stock speeds it’s 12%, both overclocked to 3Ghz it’s a bit smaller at 6%. To put it in geek benchmark terms (
) it will take 500Mhz of CPU power on the E2160 to overcome the lack of L2 cache; This was tested on an Asrock Core4Dual-VSTA with AGP Geforce 3 Ti200 system.
If you take a look at the different sub-tests from 3DMark2001SE charted here
, you’ll notice a certain test not really being influenced by a higher and speedier CPU. Does the Nature test reflect real game performance? Let’s find out with the following test.Prey & Fear
When you are living on a budget for PC hardware it’s always imperative you buy parts which give you the best bang for the buck, unless you don’t care about performance (what are you doing reading this site?). If you are a gamer and want to get the most out of your system, what should go for, the €160 E6300 or €80 E2160? Is that extra €80 better spend on a faster video card or more system memory? While I can’t give you answers (with tests) for the last 2 questions, I will try to answer the first.
Using Prey, based on id Doom 3 engine (or Tech4 engine, as it was recently announced) and FEAR, I ran a few benchmarks. No good in pairing a budget CPU with a €300 video card, so sticking to the same budget principle a 7300 GT 128Mb DDR3 video card (worth ~€70) was used. This is not a state of the art video card, so don’t expect miracles. With resolution kept at 640x480 these were the average frame rates in-game:
At identical clock speeds there is no difference to be found, both processors give you the exact same gameplay experience, the extra 1Mb L2 cache (which you’re paying €80+ for) doesn’t matter.
Let’s wrap things up ->