Date: October 31st, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Intel
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BAPCO SYSMARK2004 BENCHMARK
SYSMARK2004 is a great overall benchmark that tests how a certain hardware
configuration will perform day to day internet content creation and
As a very good benchmark to show just how well your system
benchmarks with the latest internet and office content creation software,
SysMark 2004 is a real tough test in many ways. For one, the benchmark
takes about 45 minutes to initially install and one single benchmarking
cycle (office and internet) takes about two hours.
When it came to real world applications and multitasking,
a small increase in performance was noted when using internet content
applications such as Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash MX, Windows Media
Encoder 9 etc. but where the real performance improvement came through
the creation of office content through Office XP and various other programs
as you can see immediately above.
Everyone knows this DirectX 8.1 benchmark. Still to this day, it is
one of the most used benchmarks worldwide. With the latest trouble circling
3DMark2003, you will never see me use it as a feasible, honest benchmark.
With the 1066Mhz FSB, no real improvement was recorded
when running a synthetic DX8 benchmark. In fact, the results were practically
3DMARK2005 is Futuremark's latest incarnation of its infamous
synthetic videocard benchmarking suite which not only will stress your
DX9 based videocard to its limits, it will also spitting framerates
so slow you will be thinking you are gaming with a 12meg Voodoo 2. I
mean seriously, take your US$3000 new system and try this benchmark
out. The frames will stutter by like playing Unreal Tournament 2003
on a 486DX.
With the results seen above when comparing to the 3.4EE
installed on the Abit AA8 Alderwood, the same net results can be seen
even through a synthetic DirectX 9 benchmark.
As a good overall quick benchmark for any system, PCMARK
2004 also uses several real world applications to obtain its' PCMARK
score. Results above do show a small improvement in CPU and memory performance
with the 1066Mhz FSB.