VIA's K8T900 Chipset
Content Creation 2004 and WB 5.0: Photoshop 7 & Office XP
To get 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
With the multimedia intensive Content Creation Winstone 2004, both test beds returned nearly identical results, with no clear leader.
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.
WorldBench 5's Photoshop module was the first test where we saw the K8T900 take a slight lead over the nForce 4 SLI equipped ECS KN1 SLI. The VIA reference motherboard lead by 5 seconds, equating to approximately 1.5%.
With the Microsoft Office XP SP2 Module, we recorded a four second advantage in favor of the K8T900, equaling less than 1% overall.