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Winstone 2004

This is one more test, which allows evaluating the systems performance during work in office applications and digital content creation tasks. As usual, we are offering you the results of this benchmark. Before we start let me point out that the model used in these tests implies that the user doesn’t have any applications running simultaneously, that is why the performance boost from Hyper-Threading is negligible here.

While the i875P based platform is ahead of other testing participants in Business Winstone, Content Creation Winstone pushes i925X Express with DDR2 memory to the top (if the CPUs are working at the same clock frequency, of course). However, this is not a surprise for us, as we have already seen something similar in SYSmark 2004. This way we can only confirm that the new DDR2 SDRAM with the new Prescott based CPUs is a very good solution for video and image processing tasks.

Here come the results obtained in the Winstone tests running for multi-tasking workload.

These benchmarks emulate the following situations:

  • Multitasking Test 1. Here the usual file copying serves as a background workload. At the same time we measure the performance of our testing participants in Microsoft Outlook and Internet Explorer.
  • Multitasking Test 2. Here a more complicated process is involved as a background workload: WinZIP archiving utility is running. At the same time the test emulates the user’s work in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Multitasking Test 3. This is the hardest test of the three. Here we have Norton AntiVirus running in the background and the whole bunch of office tasks Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Access, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft FrontPage and WinZip.

As for the results, I would like to draw your attention to Test 2 in the first place, where LGA775 platform has a pretty big advantage over the Socket 478 systems. In general, this is a very rare situation and in other two tests the old platform wins the race if the CPUs are running at the same core clock. The performance of Pentium 4 560 working at 3.6GHz allows reaching higher results than in case we have a Pentium 4 3.4E with i875P chipset and DDR400 memory.

 
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