Business Winstone 2002 and Content Creation 2002
World Application Testing
When it comes to
overall system "desktop" performance, we find that eTesting
Labs Business and Content Creation 2002 products fit our
needs nicely. Business Winstone 2002 focuses on
general workstation performance while Content Creation
Winstone 2002 stresses a system's performance with
multimedia intensive applications. Below is a list of
applications the two benchmarks use to come up with their
Microsoft® FrontPage® 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Excel 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Access 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Word 2002 SP-1
Microsoft® Project 2000
AntiVirusTM from Symantec
Macromedia Director 8.5
Macromedia Dreamweaver UltraDev 4
Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.01.00.3055
Foundry Sound Forge 5.0c (build 184)
Once again we
see the trend continue with the nForce2 boards running the
show. The DFI LAN Party put up capable results, but
the ASUS A7N8X deluxe was the leader of the scoreboard.
Either way you slice it though, it is highly unlikely you
would "feel" the difference in everyday usage between the
three motherboards, however.
comes to MSI's latest nForce2 incarnation, the K7N2 Delta-ILSR
delivers where it counts. The motherboard is a gem to
look at and the feature set is impressive. The board
boasts support for FireWire, USB 2.0, on-board audio, SATA
RAID, etc. The only thing we would have liked to see
was support for IDE RAID too, but there are adapters
available to make this happen with the current hardware.
When we look at overclocking potential, the K7N2 Delta-ILSR
was a natural which was partly because MSI included a
feature laden BIOS with a wide array of settings.
We think the only people that will be unhappy will be those
with oversized heat sinks. The room around the Socket
A was a little cramped on one side and there were no
mounting holes for coolers that need to be screwed to the
board. Aside from possibly alienating that very select
crowd, we feel the board is a top-notch product.
compared performance to some of its peers, the K7N2 Delta-ILSR
rides high on the list, posting excellent scores in each
test. With the added support for 400MHz FSBs, the true
potential of the nForce2 chipset is released, allowing for
all system buses to run synchronously at higher speeds.
If you've been waiting to upgrade to an nForce2 motherboard,
your wait is over.
give the MSI K7N2 Delta-ILSR a Hot Hardware Heat Meter
rating of a 9.
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