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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [06.19.04]
Manufactured by: Intel

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SYSMark 04

SYSMark 04 is what I consider to be the most important total system performance benchmark. For full details (and I mean FULL), check out BapCo's whitepaper on the software.

If you are concerned about the skewed performance results of the last version of SYSMark, you shouldn't be this time. Both AMD and Intel have had their part in helping develop this software, and as such it should hold no bias against either platform.

Starting with the Internet Content Creation half of SYSmark 04, here is a list of the applications used in this test:

Adobe® After Effects® 5.5
Adobe® Photoshop® 7.01
Adobe® Premiere® 6.5
Discreet® 3ds max® 5.1
Macromedia® Dreamweaver® MX
Macromedia® Flash MX
Microsoft® Windows Media® Encoder 9 Series
Network Associates® McAfee® VirusScan® 7.0
WinZip Computing WinZip® 8.1

If you use these applications extensively, be sure to give the following results your full attention, as they will mean quite a bit to you.

Let's start with the overall Internet Content Creation score, which uses ALL the results to compile what may be the 'best overall' CPU for ICC:

Once again the new chipset is allowing the Prescott to flourish, as it jumps ahead of the 875 chipset by a little.

The Office Productivity half of SYSmark 04 uses the following applications:

Adobe® Acrobat® 5.0.5
Microsoft® Access 2002
Microsoft® Excel 2002
Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6
Microsoft® Outlook® 2002
Microsoft® PowerPoint® 2002
Microsoft® Word 2002
Network Associates® McAfee® VirusScan® 7.0
ScanSoft® Dragon Naturally Speaking® 6 Preferred
WinZip Computing WinZip® 8.1

If these apps seem more familiar to your line of work, you're going to want to know how the CPU's perform in the Office Productivity suite.

The increase in performance is even more pronounced in Office Productivity!

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