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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.30.06]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte


PCMark 05

The latest version of PCMark puts a heavy emphasis on multithreading and multitasking. For full details, check out the Whitepaper.

The system test suite is a collection of tests that are run to generate an overall PCMark score. Three of the test scenarios are run multithreaded - two of those include two simultaneous tests and one is with four tests running simultaneously. The remaining eight tests are run single threaded. The System Test consists of the following tests:

  • HDD - XP startup
  • Physics and 3D
  • 2D - Transparent windows
  • 3D - Pixel Shader
  • Web page rendering
  • File Decryption
  • 2D - Graphics memory - 64 lines
  • HDD - General usage
  • Multithreaded test 1: Video encoding & Audio Compression
    ---This test runs the Video encoding and Audio Compression tests at the same time multithreaded.
  • Multithreaded test 2: Text Edit & Image Decompression
    ---This test runs the Text Edit and Image decompression tests at the same time multithreaded.
  • Multithreaded test 3: File Encryption & HDD - Virus scan & Memory - Latency 16MB & File compression

There is also a basic memory test that shouldn't be dissimilar to what we saw from SiSoft Sandra 2007.

As expected, the 945P lags a bit in the memory department. However things are much closer in the system benchmark, when other components are tested.

SYSMark 2003 SE

For real-world application performance within Windows, we use SYSMark 03 SE. This gives us direct numbers that can be easily compared. SYSMark is developed by BapCo and published by Futuremark. It is developed with support from both Intel and AMD, as well as several others.

SYSMark seperates desktop tests into two categories; Internet Content Creation, where things like building websites, making flash presentations, and even some 3D modeling are done. In the Office Productivity Tests, more focus is put into applications working with spreadsheets, emails, virus scanning, etc. Also, a final system score is given.

A heavy emphasis is put on multitasking in these tests, as they try to replicate an actual (very busy) workload someone might do using different 'scenarios'.

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.

And there you have it, folks. With desktop applications, it doesn't matter if you use a $200 motherboard based on the 975X chipset, or a $99 board using the 945P chipset.

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