Workstation benchmarks: 3D Studio Max 6
3D-rendering is not necessarily a suitable job for a desktop PC -- most users of such applications will work on dual-processor workstations. As a result, the performance results presented here are not 100 per cent representative. However, if you're thinking of buying a single-CPU workstation (which numerous PC manufacturers offer), these results are perfectly relevant. Although the Pentium 4 is usually behind the Athlon 64 in the 3D gaming tests, the Intel chip puts up a better showing with 3D Studio Max. The software is not only SSE2-optimised, but also supports Intel's HyperThreading technology. The results speak for themselves: although the Athlon 64 keeps up with the Pentium 4 with less complex scenes such as 3dsmax, the Intel processors are up to 31 per cent quicker in the other tests.