Content Creation 2004 and World Bench Testing
The Veritest Content Creation Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark routine. For more information about this test, see this page:
- 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
Interestingly, the synthetic tests did not support the real world testing trend with Content Creation 2004. Here we saw the Athlon 3200+ test bed take the best overall performance, while the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 was the quickest 945 board by the slightest of margins. In essence, the 945's can be considered a tied for the most part.
PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 is a new breed of Business and Professional application benchmark, poised to replace the aging and no-longer supported Winstone tests. WorldBench 5.0 consists of a number of performance modules that each utilize one, or a group of, popular applications to gauge performance. Below we have the results from WB 5's Photoshop 7 and Office XP modules, recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance.
Once again, at least with the Photoshop Module, we see the Athlon 3200+ making a strong showing, beating out the 945's by roughly 33 seconds. As the Photoshop test has no multithreaded capabilities, the Pentium D 820 offered no real advantage over the Athlon system.
With Office XP SP2 testing, all four test beds were right in line with each other. Technically, the Intel reference system was the best performer while the Foxconn and Gigabyte boards fell to the Athlon 3200+. But when we really break it down, we are talking about differences of 6 seconds between the fastest and slowest tested boards, an almost negligible difference overall.