ATi RADEON XPRESS 200 Series: AMD Platform Chipsets

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Business & Content Creation Winstones

Synthetic and game benchmarks only tell part of the performance story, so we also took the ATI RADEOn XPRESS 200 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.

Business & Content Creation Winstones
Real-World Application Performance

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 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
  • NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f

NVIDIA's low-latency single chip design has always helped motherboards based on their chipsets perform quite well in the Business and Content Creation Winstone benchmarks.  The RADEON XPRESS 200 performed well here, but the nForce 3 Ultra simply performed better.  In the Business Winstone 2004 tests, the nForce 3 Ultra was about 10% faster than the RADEON XPRESS 200.  And in the Content Creation Winstone tests the nForce 3 Ultra again outpaced the RADEON XPRESS 200, but the margin of victory was much smaller.

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