PCMark05 Pro Performance
PCMark05 Professional is the latest update to the popular PCMark system benchmarking series from FutureMark, and is revamped to highlight current hardware and features additional multithreaded and multi-tasking performance tests. There is the usual selection of individual System, CPU, Memory, Graphics, and Hard Drive benchmark suites, and these continue to bridge the gap between synthetic and application-based benchmarks. For our purposes, the System, CPU and Memory areas will be where we concentrate our benchmarking efforts.
The PCMark05 System benchmark suite includes a wide range of tests, from Windows XP hard drive startup to video and audio encoding, and features a selection of standard desktop routines like text edit, virus scanning, and image decompression. Three of the benchmark scenarios are multithreaded, with the first two including two simultaneous tests, and the final one utilizing four program tests running simultaneously. This helps make the PCMark05 System benchmark a great analysis tool for our dual and quad core processors. For this test, the latest 1.2 patch has been applied.
The Athlon 64 X2 5600+ shows performance levels on par with our expectations, posting a PCMark05 System performance score close to the Athlon 64 X2 6000+. In terms of the Intel competition, The Athlon 64 X2 5600+ also did fairly well, outpacing the Core 2 Duo E6300, but falling short of the E6600.
The PCMark05 Memory benchmarking is another good battle, and although this benchmark gives a slight edge to the Intel processors, the true DDR2-800 speeds of the Athlon 64 X2 5600+ do push it by the Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and close to the top Intel models.
The CPU portion of the PCMark05 suite offers few surprises, as the 2.8 GHz Athlon 64 X2 5600+ slides right into its expected position in the AMD hierarchy, while posting a score just shy of the Core 2 Duo E6600.