Those of you whose
primary concern is running office suites, or those
creative souls out there will appreciate the next
series of tests. ZD's Business and Content
Creation Winstone will give you an accurate idea of
performance in these areas.
Get it On!
simulates "real world" performance using "Office
Any regular visitors
to our site should easily recognize the quality of
these scores. Numbers approaching 50
Business Winstones are excellent! These high
scores can be attributed not only to the second
CPU, but Windows 2000. A typical 1.0GHz
Windows Millennium machine will score in the
mid-30s on this test.
CONTENT CREATION WINSTONE:
Winstone tests are comprised of applications like
Adobe Photoshop and Premiere...
Again, we see the ECS
D6VAA's top notch performance. Some of the
applications used in this test are multi-threaded,
so they benefit greatly from the second CPU. There should be no
doubt about the usefulness of having the power of
two CPUs at your disposal.
That concludes the
benchmarks. We feel it is important to
mention that throughout all of our testing, the
DV6AA did not crash once or exhibit any instability
whatsoever...even when overclocked.
Our experience with
the VIA Apollo 133A equipped ECS D6VAA was a
pleasant one. This board is very inexpensive
($99 at the time of this review), and performance and
stability were excellent. Someone looking to
build a powerful Windows 2000 workstation or
mid-range server will be very pleased with the
D6VAA. The "responsiveness" and overall
performance of a dual-CPU system is something that
has to be experienced first hand to be truly
appreciated. If a dual-CPU rig is in your
future, you owe it to yourself to check out the
D6VAA. We give the ECS D6VAA a HotHardware Heat
Meter rating of...
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