MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Series Motherboard

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Desktop Application Testing - Winstones

Content Creation and Business Winstone 2004
Real-World Testing

PC Magazine's Winstone Test Suite is an excellent benchmarking tool for testing the CPU, memory, and overall system performance.  Content Creation Winstone focuses on common media intensive tasks, while Business Winstone assesses general workstation application performance.  Below is a breakdown of each package's software complement that is used to issue an overall score when complete.

       Content Creation 2004 v1.0.1        Business Winstone 2004 v1.0.1
  • 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
  • NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f
  • 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

In our final bout, the ASUS P5GDC-V Deluxe managed to gain some ground on the MSI Neo2 Platinum.  This time the scales were tipped in favor of the ASUS board, but again, we are talking about fractions of a point in both cases.  When all is said and done, these two boards competed quite well throughout the benchmarking phase, with neither truly yielding to the other by very much.


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