Gaming is where AMD says the FX excels, and so itís little surprise to see the Athlon 64 FX-57 leading the pack in 3DMark05. Intel is nevertheless able to secure a strong second-place position with its 3.73 GHz Extreme Edition. As far as desktop processors go, the FX-55 takes third and is followed by the Athlon 64 X2 4800+. Both manufacturers actually do fairly well, in fact.
The gaming section of 3DMark05 primarily stresses graphics performance, despite the spread seen here between various architectures. However, itís the CPU test thatís designed to tax processor alacrity. Futuremark even makes light use of threading, according to the metricís documentation. AMDís Athlon 64 FX-57 is apparently able to overcome its single-core disadvantage to finish ahead of competing models (though behind the X2 4800+). The dual-core Opteron 875 takes third place and is trailed by the Extreme Edition 840.