Business & Content Creation Winstones
Synthetic and game benchmarks only tell part of the performance story, so we also took the Athlon 64 FX-55 and Athlon 64 4000+ to task in some "real-world" scenarios. We did some benchmarking with Ziff Davis' Business Winstone 2004 suite, followed by the more demanding Content Creation Winstone 2004 suite.
The PC Magazine Business Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark:
- Microsoft Access 2002
- Microsoft Excel 2002
- Microsoft FrontPage 2002
- Microsoft Outlook 2002
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
- Microsoft Project 2002
- Microsoft Word 2002
- Norton Antivirus Professional Edition 2003
- WinZip 8.1
For general office use, running applications such as the ones listed above, it seems clear that AMD's high-end Athlon 64 processors have a distinct advantage over the fastest CPUs available from Intel at the moment. The Athlon 64 FX-55 was 18.1% faster, and the Athlon 64 4000+ was 13.8% faster than the quickest Intel-based system.
The PC Magazine Content Creation Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark:
- Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
- Adobe Premiere 6.50
- Macromedia Director MX 9.0
- Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1
- Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Version 9.00.00.2980
- NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
- Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f
The results in the Content Creation Winstone 2004 benchmark also give AMD's processors an advantage running the multimedia applications that comprise the test suite. In this benchmark, the Athlon 64 FX-55 outperformed the Pentium 4-based systems by at least 17.2%, and the Athlon 64 4000+ was quicker than either of the Pentium 4-based systems, as well. The 4000+ was at least 12.2% faster than either of the Intel-based systems.