- Our test method is described here.
- All data types are reduced to one relative integer score: performance of a reviewed processor compared to performance of Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, which is considered 100 points.
- Detailed results are available in this cumulative Excel spreadsheet. The article contains only summaries of each benchmark class.
- If detailed results are worthy of your attention, we mention them.
3D modeling and rendering
The first result of Sempron X2 2100 is optimistic, especially if we compare it with Sempron LE-1100, which result is also published on this diagram. That's even elegant to some extent: AMD surrounds Intel all round. Don't forget that Celeron E1400 is presently a top dual-core Celeron model -- it even claims to perform on a par with Low-End dual-core processors from AMD.
The situation is a tad worse here. But this class of tasks is indifferent to multi-core CPUs -- you can see it with Celeron E1200, which is outperformed by two single-core models. However, 3% is not a serious defeat, so Sempron X2 2100 is doing fine.
These are excellent results for AMD! Interestingly,this test is not overly optimistic even about the second core in more powerful processors. As for this situation, the difference between dual-core and single-core processors is much more noticeable. We can assume that the reason lies in weak performance of a single core: the second core still has some work to do.
Professional photo processing
The situation here is much worse for Sempron X2 2100, of course. But don't worry too much -- we all know that Adobe Photoshop favors the Intel platform. Moreover,this program is one of the few to show high results even with Pentium D. Anyway, Sempron X2 2100 looks much better than Sempron LE-1100 here.
Another problematic group of tests for all Semprons. However, it depends on what processors you compare. Having lost 14% to the top dual-core Celeron, Sempron X2 wins 36% over its slower colleague. So the progress is apparent.
The Low-End processor from AMD looks worse than the champions again, but much better than it used to be.
Total professional score
AMD demonstrates rather high results here (unusually high, if we take recent products): the first dual-core Sempron outperforms Celeron E1200 in professional applications, it even takes the second place after Celeron E1400. However, we are more interested in the second group of tests, because the first group is sort of synthetic in such conditions: you will hardly work with Photoshop or Pro/ENGINEER on a Low-End system.
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