The Winstones: Business & Content Creation
Synthetic benchmarks only tell part of the performance story, so we took all four of these test systems 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
Looking at the above results, it seems like the Business Winstone 2004 test suite performs better on the i875 chipset. The DFI LANPARTY 875P-T took top honors here, followed by the Shuttle SB775G5, then the DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 and lastly the Intel D925XECV2. This test isn't starved for memory bandwidth, so even though the i875s technically offered less bandwidth than the 925s, the lower-latency RAM helps them nudge passed the newer platform.
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 Content Creation Winstone 2004 suite is more intensive then the Business Winstone suite, and this time around the 925X powered boards took top honors. Specifically, the DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 was the victor in this benchmark, followed closely behind by the other boards. The LANPARTY 875P-T and Shuttle SB775G5 posted the same score of 33.5, which was approximately 1.1% lower than the LANPARTY 925X-T2; not a major difference by any measure.