Ziff Davis Media's Business
and Content Creation Winstone benchmarks are used to simulate
"real-world" application performance...
Time for the goods!
Winstone runs a few popular "office-type" applications through a
series of scripted activities. monitors how long
the system takes to complete those activities and
calculates it's performance scores accordingly.
As you can see, the Iwill
KK266Plus edged out the Shuttle AK11 by just a hair.
Seeing Business Winstone scores >40 on 1GHz., Windows ME
systems is very good. Let's move on to the more
"stressing" Content Creation tests and see
CONTENT CREATION WINSTONE:
Creation tests are similar to the Business tests, but
consist of some more "bandwidth hungry" apps like
Adobe Premiere 5.1 and Photoshop 5.5.
The performance between
the two test systems is virtually identical, with a
slight performance advantage going to the Iwill board.
Performance differences this small would be
indiscernible in every day use.
The Iwill KK266Plus is a top performer in it's class.
The Iwill KK266Plus was very stable throughout testing, and
managed to outperform a similar board from Shuttle in
every test we ran. Although the performance was
good...very good considering you can find this board
for about $100US...settling for a standard SDRAM based motherboard
at this time isn't advisable. If I was reviewing
this board 6 months ago, I would definitely be singing
it's praises, but with the prices of DDR RAM as low as
they are, there is no compelling reason not to migrate
to DDR. If you already have a boatload of
standard SDRAM that you're not willing to part with,
and are looking for a great motherboard, then by all
means consider the Iwill KK266Plus, it's an excellent
product, but new system builders really should be
looking for a DDR solution. We give the Iwill KK266Plus a HotHardware Heat Meter Rating of...
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