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SYSmark 2004

In this review we decided to return to SYSmark benchmarks. As you remember, we refused to use the last SYSmark 2002 version, because we discovered that it was optimized for NetBurst architecture. It happened because Intel was one of the developers of this benchmarking set and AMD was not. The new recently released version of this test package, SYSmark 2004, was developed by the new BAPCO committee with all parties participating, including Intel and AMD.

This list of companies working on the SYSmark 2004 test makes us absolutely sure about its objectiveness.

The ideology behind this test implies measuring the time it takes the tested platforms to react when solving various practical tasks. We are going to dwell on the type of tasks and the results obtained from the top-end AMD and Intel processors there.

Benchmark description: 3ds max 5.1 set renders the image into a .BMP file, while the user is busy working on web-pages in Dreamweaver MX. Then the user renders 3D animation in vector graphics format.

The major contribution to the overall result in this test is the performance of the testing participants in 3ds max (95.5%).

Here we model the user’s work in Premiere 6.5, where he creates a video movie from a few other movies in raw-format and a few separate audio tracks. While waiting for the operation to be completed, the user modifies an image in Photoshop 7.01 and saves it to the hard disk drive. When the video is created, the user edits it and adds some special effects in After Effects 5.5.

The applications contribute to the overall performance index in the following way: 43.3% - Adobe Photoshop 7.01, 39.1% - Premiere 6.5, 17.6% - AfterEffects 5.5.

 
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