Business & Content Creation Winstones
Synthetic and game benchmarks only tell part of the performance story, so we took the Socket 939 Athlon 64 FX-53 and 3800+ to task in some "real world" scenarios as well. For our first set of real world tests, 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
The Asus SK8N posted the best score in ZD's Business Winstone 2004 benchmark. With an overall score of 28.4, the SK8N was approximately 3.6% faster than the Asus A8V Deluxe and 2.8% faster than the MSI MS-6702E. The performance deltas weren't drastic, but the SK8N was the fastest system in this test nonetheless.
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
We had completely different results with ZD's Content Creation 2004 benchmark. Here, the MSI MS-6702E was the best performer, followed by the Asus A8V Deluxe, and lastly the Asus SK8N. With an overall difference of .2 separating the top three systems, neither had any "real" advantage in the CC2004 benchmark, but the VIA based boards were measurably faster than the nForce3 in this test.