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.
The Athlon XP 2700+ makes a great showing in Business Winstone 2001, and takes great strides in overall performance, but the Pentium 4-2.8 GHz/i850E combo still keeps the overall crown. The pure DDR comparison is better for AMD, as their Athlon XP 2700+ far outdistances the comparative performance of the Pentium 4-2.8 GHz/SiS 645DX.
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.
It's much the same story for Content Creation Winstone 2002 as it was in the Business Winstone test, except that the Athlon XP 2700+ falls behind the Pentium 4-2.8 GHz on both RDRAM and DDR-based platforms. We thought the added bandwidth would really help AMD out in this particular benchmark, but higher core speed of the Pentium 4 still takes the day.
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