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AMD SEMPRON 3100

"In this article we test AMD Sempron 3100 cpu against the Athlon XP 3200 and XP 2500. The following software was used, Half Life 2, Doom3, Far Cry, Tribes Vengeance, Warhammer Dawn of War, Xpand Rally, Unreal Tournament 2004, Quake 3, 3dmark 2001-2005, SiSoftware Sandra 2005, Cpu Bench 2003, Metabench, Kribi Bench, Realstorm and Science Mark 2."

AMD Sempron 3100

AMD Sempron processors for desktop and mobile products offer best in class performance, compatibility with all the applications you need, and the reliability of AMD processors. Best-in-class performance for everyday computing. AMD Sempron processor performs at the top of its class when running the home and business applications that you need most. Full-featured to improve your computing experience. AMD Sempron processor lets you enjoy a dynamic Internet experience with smooth streaming video and audio. Compatible with leading operating systems and over 60,000 of the world's most popular software applications. Enjoy reliable, responsive performance on thousands of software applications-including those that let you communicate with family and friends. With 35 years of design and manufacturing experience, you can count on AMD to deliver innovative solutions.

Today we are looking at AMD Sempron 3100 processor which is the fastest Sempron cpu currently available (atleast until AMD Sempron 3300 becomes available). The previous Sempron processors used Socket A but AMD Sempron 3100 is strictly Socket 754 only. Although AMD Sempron 3100 is mostly an Athlon64 processor it does have a few differences. AMD Sempron 3100 has 64bit support disabled so it's only a 32bit processor and it also only has 256k L2 Cache unlike the Athlon64's 512k cache.

AMD Sempron 3100 does still contain Athlon64 technology:-

INTEGRATED MEMORY CONTROLLER Improves the memory performance by integrating a DDR memory controller into the processor. By running at the processor's core frequency, an integrated memory controller greatly increases bandwidth directly available to the processor at significantly reduced latencies.

COOL'N'QUIET "In the past, increased processor performance has often meant increased power consumption and increased noise levels. AMD Cool'n'Quiet technology is an innovative solution available on AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems that can effectively lower the power consumption and enable a quieter-running system while delivering performance on demand, for the ultimate computing experience."

NX BIT "With the power of AMD64 technology, your computer has security built right in. The combination of AMD64 technology with Windows XP SP2 can help your system to better withstand attacks from certain classes of viruses. This can help you experience safer e-mail and Internet browsing."

PROCESSOR TYPE TYPE MULTIPLIER CLOCK SPEED L1 CACHE L2 CACHE BUS SPEED PRICE
AMD SEMPRON 3100 PARIS 9 1.8Ghz 128K 256K 400Mhz $119 (82)
AMD ATHLON XP 3200 BARTON 11 2.2Ghz 128K 512K 400Mhz $129 (93)
AMD ATHLON XP 2500 BARTON 11 1.8Ghz 128K 512K 333Mhz $63 (51)
PROCESSOR TYPE TYPE MULTIPLIER CLOCK SPEED L1 CACHE L2 CACHE BUS SPEED PRICE

GENERAL SYSTEM INFORMATION

PROCESSOR AMD SEMPRON 3100
AMD ATHLON XP 3200
AMD ATHLON XP 2500
VIDEO CARD MSI GEFORCE 5900 XT
NVIDIA DRIVER FORCEWARE v66.93 WHQL
MOTHERBOARD GIGABYTE K8NS PRO
ASROCK K7S8XE+
MEMORY 2x512MB OCZ GOLD XTC PC3200 DDR
OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP
DIRECTX VERSION v9.0c

3DMARK BENCHMARK

3DMARK 2001 SE

AMD SEMPRON 310014615
AMD ATHLON XP 320013809
AMD ATHLON XP 250012574

3DMARK 2003

AMD SEMPRON 31005124
AMD ATHLON XP 32005050
AMD ATHLON XP 25004834

3DMARK 2005

AMD SEMPRON 31001005
AMD ATHLON XP 32001001
AMD ATHLON XP 2500999

AMD SEMPRON 3100 AMD ATHLON XP 3200 AMD ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "The Sempron 3100 thanks in part to it's integrated memory controller beats the Athlon XP 3200 by 6% which is an extra 806 points. 3dmark 2003 is more of a video card benchmark so the results are much closer together than with 3dmark 2001 SE, however the Sempron 3100 was still able to beat the Athlon XP 3200 by a modest 2%. 3dmark 2005 is even more of a video card benchmark than even 3dmark 2003 and the three results are within 1%."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2001 SE

1024x768 Resolution
32Bit color
D3D Hardware T&L
Antialiasing Disabled
Double Frame Buffer
Compressed Texture Format
24Bit Z-Buffer Depth

3DMARK 2003

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

3DMARK 2005

1024x768 Resolution
No Anti-Aliasing
Optimal Filtering
HLSL VS Target 2_0
HLSL PS Target 2_0
No Fixed Framerate

3DMARK CPU SCORES

3DMARK 2003

AMD SEMPRON 3100633
AMD ATHLON XP 3200574
AMD ATHLON XP 2500504

3DMARK 2005

AMD SEMPRON 31002949
AMD ATHLON XP 32002589
AMD ATHLON XP 25002366

AMD SEMPRON 3100 AMD ATHLON XP 3200 AMD ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "3dmark 2003 and 3dmark 2005 contain a series of tests to stress the processor rather than the video card. Once again the Sempron 3100 cpu is the processor to own for good 3dmark performance. The Sempron 3100 beats the Athlon XP 3200 by 10% with 3dmark 2003 and 13% with 3dmark 2005. This is a very good result for the Sempron 3100 which is 400mhz or 19% slower than the Athlon XP 3200."

BENCHMARK SETTINGS

3DMARK 2003

1024x768 Resolution
No Pixel Processing
Optimal Texture Filtering
4x Max Anisotropy
Optimal Vertex Shaders
No Repeat Tests
No Fixed Framerate

3DMARK 2005

1024x768 Resolution
No Anti-Aliasing
Optimal Filtering
HLSL VS Target 2_0
HLSL PS Target 2_0
No Fixed Framerate

CPU BENCH 2003

OVERALL

AMD SEMPRON 31006718
AMD ATHLON XP 32006590
AMD ATHLON XP 25005596

AMD SEMPRON 3100 AMD ATHLON XP 3200 AMD ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "Using CPU Bench 2003 the Sempron 3100 outperforms the Athlon XP 3200 by a modest 2% and the Athlon XP 2500 a much better 17%."

KRIBI BENCH

OFFICE

AMD SEMPRON 310018.40
AMD ATHLON XP 320018.85
AMD ATHLON XP 250016.18

JET SHADOW

AMD SEMPRON 310016.83
AMD ATHLON XP 320019.38
AMD ATHLON XP 250016.14

SPONGE

AMD SEMPRON 31009.58
AMD ATHLON XP 320010.37
AMD ATHLON XP 25008.74

AMD SEMPRON 3100 AMD ATHLON XP 3200 AMD ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "Using Kribi Bench the Sempron 3100 loses to the Athlon XP 3200 firstly by 3% in the Office test, then by 14% in the Jet Shadow test and finally by 8% in the Sponge test. The Sempron 3100 however does better against the Athlon XP 2500 and beats it by between 5% and 13%."

META BENCH

OVERALL

AMD SEMPRON 31003030
AMD ATHLON XP 32003337
AMD ATHLON XP 25002810

RAYTRACE1

AMD SEMPRON 31006315
AMD ATHLON XP 32007058
AMD ATHLON XP 25005714

RAYTRACE2

AMD SEMPRON 31006315
AMD ATHLON XP 32006315
AMD ATHLON XP 25005714

RAYTRACE3

AMD SEMPRON 31002400
AMD ATHLON XP 32002666
AMD ATHLON XP 25002220

AMD SEMPRON 3100 AMD ATHLON XP 3200 AMD ATHLON XP 2500

COMMENT "We have selected to display the Overall score and the three fpu intensive Raytracing tests. The Sempron 3100 loses overall to the Athlon XP 3200 by 10% and by between 0% to 11% in the Raytracing tests."

AMD SEMPRON 3100

PAGE 1 AMD SEMPRON 3100 INTRODUCTION
PAGE 2 MPEG ENCODING AND SISOFTWARE SANDRA
PAGE 3 GAMES SOFTWARE AND FINAL CONCLUSION

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