Intel Pentium 4-2.53 and 2.4B GHz Review
By Vince Freeman :
May 6, 2002
Business Winstone 2001 Performance
The Business Winstone 2001 suite from ZD Labs is an application-based PC benchmark that uses business programs like MS Office 2000, FrontPage 2000, Lotus Notes, and Netscape to test overall system performance. New in the 2001 version are specific tests for file compression, anti-virus scanning and email. This suite of programs are run from a batch script that attempts to accurately emulate a business system load, then supplies a final performance rating.
Business Winstone 2001 performance results show the new Pentium 4 533 MHz line surging past even the Athlon XP 2100+. The Athlon XP does well against the standard 400 MHz P4 models, but falls behind once the 533 MHz FSB is brought into play. The added bandwidth seems to really help this particular benchmark, especially noting the performance gap between the Pentium 4-2.4B and 2.4 GHz processors. The i850E continues its proud heritage of exceptional business performance and the added speed of the Pentium 4-2.53 GHz places it well in the lead. One interesting point is how much lower the SiS 645DX performance is, since as we will see later on, this sort of discrepancy doesn't happen often.
Content Creation Winstone Performance
Content Creation Winstone 2002 is another excellent benchmark from ZD, and is one of the first to have Windows XP as the intended platform. Its demanding applications and exceptional stability makes it a great match for our high-end testing and a valuable tool when determining system performance levels using cutting-edge hardware and software.
Content Creation Winstone performance is much the same story as Business Winstone, except the Intel lead starts at the Pentium 4-2.4 GHz and moves up from there. Before we let the Athlon XP 2100+ loose with DDR333, the lead using a KT266A system was even larger. In direct contrast to the Business Winstone scores, the SiS 645DX does quite well in this benchmark and essentially ties the i850E in high-end testing.