Business & Content Creation Winstones
Synthetic benchmarks and games only tell part of the performance story, so we tested the Foxconn WinFast 755FX8KAA-8EKRS in some "real-world" scenarios, as well. For our first set of real-world tests, we did some benchmarking with PC Magazine's 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
NVIDIA powered Athlon motherboards have consistently finished ahead of their competition in the Business Winstone 2004 benchmark. The 755FX8KAA-8EKRS wasn't quite able to catch the NF3 powered boards here, but it did sneak passed the VIA K8T800 Pro based K8T Neo2-FIR.
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 SiS755FX powered WinFast 755FX8KAA-8EKRS was able to dethrone the nForce 3 based motherboards in the Content Creation 2004 benchmark. With a final score of 35.9, only .2 points higher than the Editor's Choice winning MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum, the 755FX8KAA-8EKRS didn't dominate, but outpacing an nForce 3 Ultra in either Winstone test is no small feat.