Socket 939 Motherboard Roundup: ABIT, MSI, Gigabyte

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Business & Content Creation Winstones

Synthetic benchmarks and games only tell part of the performance story, so we took all four of these Socket 939 boards to task in some "real-world" scenarios, as well.  For our first set of real-world tests, we did some benchmarking with Ziff Davis' Business Winstone 2004 suite, followed by the more demanding Content Creation Winstone 2004 suite.

Business & Content Creation Winstones
Real-World Application Performance

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

Unlike all of the other benchmarks we ran, Business Winstone 2004 indicates the nForce3-based motherboards are clearly faster than the K8T800 Pros.  The Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939 and MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum finished within a fraction of a point of one another, followed by the K8T and ABIT AV8.  In this test, the nForce3s were about 7.3% faster than K8T800 Pros.

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
  • NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f

The Content Creation Winstone 2004 tests also show the nForce3-powered motherboards having a clear performance lead over the K8T800 Pro-based boards.  In this benchmark, the MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum came out on top followed very closely by the Gigabyte K8NSNXP-939.  Those two boards posted scores about 1.4 points higher than the K8T800 Pro-powered MSI K8T Neo2-FIR and ABIT AV8; about a 4.1% lead for the nForce3s.

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