Business & Content Creation Winstones
Synthetic benchmarks only tell part of the performance story, so we took the Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2 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 9.00.00.2980
- NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
- Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f
The Business and Content Creation Winstone benchmarks further corroborated what we had seen throughout our testing. In both of these tests, the Abit AA8 DuraMAX posted the fastest scores, again by very small margins, besting the Foxconn 925A01-8EKRS2. In the Business Winstone 2004 test, the i875 based test system even managed to pull ahead of the Foxconn board, but again - like most of the other tests - the delta fell within the margin of error.