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The Business Winstone 2004 test runs scripts of the following real-life office applications, several scripts at a time to simulate multi-tasking: Internet Explorer, Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, Project, PowerPoint, FrontPage, WinZip, and Norton AntiVirus Professional Edition.

The Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 test evaluates performance of a computer in the following multimedia applications: Windows Media Encoder, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere, NewTek LightWave 3D, Steinberg WaveLab, Micromedia Dreamweaver MX, and Micromedia Director MX.

The following table and diagrams show the outcome of these tests:

It is the CPU that is loaded most of all components in this test from PC Magazine. And you can note that the ASUS W5F with its Yonah-core CPU is everywhere behind, irrespective of the CPU clock rate. There is a difference in Business Winstone 2004, yet it is even bigger in Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2004 in both power modes. Considering the similar configurations of the notebooks, except for the CPUs, it’s clear that the Inspiron wins this test thanks to the faster execution of SSE instructions, higher clock rate and larger L2 cache of its newer CPU.

SYSMark 2004 SE is intended to reveal a system’s performance under different types of load. It simulates a user who is solving practical tasks in a few popular applications. Multi-threading is taken into account. The benchmark issues a few ratings that are indicative of the system performance under different loads. SYSMark 2004 SE is mainly positioned as a tool for testing desktop systems and includes applications that are not often run on mobile computers. That’s why the results for each test load are shown separately:

The 3D Creation script simulates a user who is rendering an image into a BMP-file in 3ds max 5.1 and is also working on web-pages in Dreamweaver MX. After these operations are done, a 3D animation is created in a vector graphics format.

SYSMark 2004 SE loads the system with heavy tasks here, which can make good use of all the computing resources the CPU can provide. The impressive result in this test is only due to the Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 processor installed in the notebook. When the notebook switched to its battery, its results became almost two times lower since the CPU frequency was reduced to 1GHz in that mode. You will see the notebook behave like that in the different power modes in many other SYSMark tests, too.

The 2D Creation script simulates a user creating a video out of a few RAW-format fragments and audio tracks in Premier 6.5. Waiting for the operation to complete, the user is also modifying an image in Photoshop 7.01 and then saves it to the hard disk. When the video clip is ready, the user edits it and adds special effects in After Effects 5.5.

The applications employed in this script are all optimized for multi-core processors. The results of the Merom core are higher than you can have with a Yonah, but not by too much.

The next test simulates the work routines of a professional web-master. The user unzips the content of a website while using Flash MX to open an exported 3D vector graphics clip. Then the user modifies it by including more pictures and optimizes it for faster animation. The resulting clip with special effects is compressed with Windows Media Encoder 9 to be broadcast via the Internet. Next, the website is compiled in Dreamweaver MX while the system is being scanned for viruses with VirusScan 7.0 in the background.

The high frequency and new features implemented in the new generation of Core processors result in the notebook’s getting good scores in this test.

The next script simulates an ordinary user who’s receiving a letter with a .zip attachment in Outlook 2002. While the received files are being scanned for viruses with VirusScan 7.0, the user looks through his e-mail, enters some comments into the Outlook calendar, and then opens a corporate website and some documents with Internet Explorer 6.0.

The notebook’s performance doesn’t degenerate by half as in the previous tests because the CPU frequency is not a crucial factor here. The scores are high, by the way.

In the Document Creation script the user is editing text in Word 2002 and is also using Dragon NaturallySpeaking to convert an audio file into a text document. This text document is then converted into PDF format with Acrobat 5.0.5. And finally, the document is employed in a PowerPower 2002 presentation.

The notebook delivers high performance when powered from the mains, but the CPU frequency drop affects its performance when it works on the battery.

The final script from SYSMark 2004 SE includes the following: the user opens a database in Access 2002 and creates a few queries. Documents are archived with WinZip 8.1. The results of the queries are exported into Excel 2002 and are used to construct a diagram.

We’ve got a similar picture and a similar result as in the previous test.

 
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