Content Creation Winstone and WB Office XP
Content Creation Winstone is our first Professional/Office application benchmark that is generally a bit more taxing in areas of system memory bandwidth and disk access. The Veritest CC Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark routine:
- 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
This test split hairs amongst the leaders, with the two nForce-SLI edition boards just beating out the i955X-based Asus P5WD2 Premium board by one tenth of a point. In turn, the P5WD2 outpaced the two reference boards from Intel, which included another i955X board. Even here, however, the margin of difference is so slight that they fall within reasonable limits of testing variance.
PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 consists of a number of performance modules that each utilize one, or a group of, popular applications to gauge performance. Below we have the results from WB 5's Office XP module, recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance.
Continuing with business-type applications, we find the i955X boards book-ending the graph, with the P5WD2 completing the benchmark in the fastest time, and the Intel reference board as the slowest. In the past, we have seen that Intel's reference boards are more geared for stability rather than performance, and as the other manufacturer's get their hands on the technology they typically tweak their boards, which may account for the vast difference between the two. This doesn't fully explain, however, why the reference i925XE board is outperforming the 955X.