NF4 Ultra Shoot-Out: Abit vs. MSI vs. ECS
Content Creation Winstone & WorldBench 5
To generate this next batch of results, we used Veritest's Content Creation Winstone 2004 suite. Before running these benchmarks, we patched the program to its latest version (v1.01), shut-down any unnecessary background processes, and defragged the hard drive.
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
MSI's K8N Neo4 Platinum came in with the highest score in this test, besting the Abit Fatal1ty by .3 points and the ECS KN1 Extreme by .4 points. The MSI board also outpaced our reference nForce 4 SLI AMD Edition system by a fraction of a point, and clearly outperformed the nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition board.
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.
The Abit Fatal1ty AN8 walked away with a couple of narrow victories in WorldBench 5.0's PhotoShop 7.0 and Office XP SP2 performance modules. The Fatal1ty AN8 finished the PhotoShop test 3 seconds faster than either the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum or the ECS KN1 Extreme, and in the Office XP SP2 test, the Abit board was 5 seconds and 8 seconds faster than the MSI and ECS boards, respectively.