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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.15.06]
Manufactured by: AMD, Intel


SYSMark 2004 SE

As I often say, SYSMark 04 is my favourite benchmark to use, but my least favourite to run (it can take up to 2 hours to do a single full run of all the suites).

Nonetheless, it uses actual programs we all know and use, and has set scenarios, so we can decide which usage type is most like ours.

The two main scenarios are Internet Content Creation, and Office Productivity. If you are unaware of what these might be, read below:

Internet Content Creation

In this scenario, the content creator creates a product related website targeting a broadband and narrowband audience. The user first renders a 3D model to a bitmap, while preparing web pages using a web site publishing tool. The user opens a video editing package, creates a movie from several raw input movie cuts and sound cuts and starts exporting it. While waiting on this operation, the user imports the rendered image into an image-processing package; modifies it and saves the results. Back in the 3D modeling software, the user modifies a 3D model and exports it to a vector-graphics format. Once the movie is assembled, the user edits it and creates special effects using one of the modified images as input. The user extracts content from an archive. Meanwhile, he uses an animation creation tool to open the exported 3D vector graphics
file. He modifies it by including other pictures and optimizes it for faster animation. The final movie with the special effects is then compressed in a format that can be broadcast over broadband Internet. The web site is given the final touches and the system is scanned for viruses.

Office Productivity

In this scenario, the office productivity user creates a marketing presentation and supporting documents for a new product. The user receives email containing a collection of documents in a compressed file. The user reviews his email and updates his calendar while a virus checking software scans the system. The corporate web site is viewed and the user begins creating the collateral documents. The user also accesses a database and runs some queries. A collection of documents are compressed. The queries' results are imported into a spreadsheet and used to generate graphical charts. The user then transcribes a document.. The user edits and adds elements to a slide show template. Finally, the user looks at the results of his work (both the slide show and the portable document) in an Internet browser.

As you can see, a lot of multitasking is done, in the same applications you use every day. A final score is given, as well as individual scores for Internet Content Creation and Office Productivity, to give you an idea of what might suit you better:

This time, the final scores match up quite evenly, in each processor's respective price range. The Intel processors fare a bit better in the office apps, while the AMD's do better in the more multimedia oriented realm of Internet Content Creation. Based on my overall experience with each CPU, I'd have to say that SYSMark seems to be quite accurate.

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