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Performance in Office and Content Creation Applications

E usually offered you the results obtained in Winstone test packages, when we were talking about performance in office and content creation applications. Now we are using more advanced versions of these tests, which were released in the end of 2003. They are Business Winstone 2004 and Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004.

Business Winstone 2004 is a benchmark, which shows the average performance of the tested platform during work in regular office applications. The test imitates the everyday work of an average user in a bunch of widely spread programs and displays the result basing on the time it took the programs to complete the tasks. The list of applications used in this benchmark for proper performance analysis is pretty long and includes Microsoft Access 2002 SP-2, Microsoft Excel 2002 SP-2, Microsoft FrontPage 2002 SP-2, Microsoft Outlook 2002 SP-2, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 SP-2, Microsoft Project 2002, Microsoft Word 2002 SP-2, WinZip 8.1 SR-1 and Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition 2003.

Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 is very similar to Business Winstone 2004, however, it uses absolutely different applications. All of them are intended for creation and processing of audio and video streams. The complete list of applications includes a number of popular and widely spread professional tools, such as Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1, Adobe Premiere 6.50, Macromedia Director MX 9.0, Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1, Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Version, NewTek LightWave 3D 7.5b and Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f.

Besides these two benchmarks we also decided to use a new Futuremark PCMark04. This test also measures the system performance during typical tasks processing. However, unlike Winstone tests, Futuremark developers included not only a few popular applications, but also a few popular algorithms apart from the applications where they are actually used. Here is a list of applications and tasks which are used within the PCMark04 package to measure the performance of our test system: ZIP archiving, spelling checking with the help of Link Grammar Parsing Library, web-sites rendering in Internet Explorer 6.0, image conversion into JPEG format, mp3 files decoding with  the help of Ogg Vorbis library, video decoding with Windows Media encoder 9 and DivX 5.0.5, 2D graphics primitives processing, work in 3D via Microsoft DirectX 9 with Havok Physics engine 2.1 physical modeling system, anti-virus checking with F-Secure Anti-Virus, info encoding and decoding with Blowfish Algorithm.

In Winstone tests Athlon 64 processors performed impressively great. For instance, Athlon 64 3000+ demonstrated the performance as high as that of Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.2GHz. One more pleasing thing is the performance difference between Athlon 64 3000+ and Athlon 64 3200+, which was equal to 2% at the most.

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