Performance in Office Applications and Digital Content Creation Applications
Now let’s pass over to some real applications. Before we start I have to stress once again that despite AMD64 technology support implemented in the AMD Athlon 64 FX-51,we used an ordinary 32bit Windows XP version for our tests. The thing is that of all 64bit operation systems supporting x86-64 instructions, you can now get only Linux clones, which are not so popular among the individual end-users for some reason.
First of all, we took a closer look at the performance of our testing participants in office tasks and applications for audio/video files creation and editing. Here we used a popular Winstone benchmark.
In Business Winstone 2002 showing the performance in typical office apps, such as MS Word, Excel or Access, the victory was won by Athlon 64 FX-51. This is not at all surprising, because even the previous generation Athlon XP processors performed very well in this test. As for Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, the additional 2MB of L3 cache allowed to improve its performance by 5% compared with the regular Pentium 4. Although, this is still not enough to let it compete with the new AMD processor on equal terms.
In Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2003, which tests the performance of our rivals during work with digital content, the situation is different. Due to laregr L2 cache, SSE2 support and integrated memory controller, Athlon 64 FX-51 works about 26% faster here than its predecessor. However, it still cannot outpace Pentium 4 Extreme Edition because the large L3 cache of the latter sped up the NetBurst architecture tangibly enough.