Epox eX5-320S SFF PC

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Throwing in some Winstones

Business & Content Creation Winstones
Real-World Application Performance

Synthetic benchmarks only tell part of the performance story, so we took the Epox eX5-320S 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 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

If the results appear to be somewhat underwhelming, well then, we apologize.  The truth is, the overall performance of the three systems are somewhat on par, RAM optimizations non-withstanding.  Yes, there is a difference in the scores: the Shuttle doggedly remained in last with the Epox SFF system beating the Shuttle by a fraction in the Content Creation Winstone only, and the Asus P4P800 Deluxe trumped the other two in both tests.  Claiming a clear cut victor, however, is meaningless when the performance delta separating the systems is 3 percent at best.


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