The new Business Winstone 2004 test package allows estimating the performance of the tested systems under multi-threaded workload created by a few simultaneously working applications. Since the participating Intel processors support Hyper-Threading technology, which improved the CPU performance during several streams processing, we couldn’t disregard this opportunity.
In this benchmark we use the simple file copy operation as a background workload. At the same time, we measure the systems performance in Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer. As we see, this applications combo is no serious workload even for AMD processors, which do not support Hyper-Threading technology.
Now let’s check how the CPUs will cope with a more serious multi-threaded workload:
In this case we have a more complicated task running in the background: it is the working WinZIP archiving utility. At the same time the benchmark emulates the work in Word and Excel. Strange as it might seem, but AMD processors, which do not support Hyper-Threading managed to show even better results here.
This is the hardest test where we have Norton AntiVirus running in the background and the whole bunch of office applications including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft FrontPage and WinZip. And this is exactly the case when the absence of any analogues to Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology results into a performance drop by AMD CPUs. Even Athlon 64 FX-53 is considerably behind Intel CPUs here.