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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.05.08]


SYSMark 2007 Preview

Another benchmarking application we've preferred is Bapco's SYSMark. We've been using SYSMark since their 2001 version. Similar to other benchmark suites like WorldBench, SYSMark runs several real-world applications and gives a score indicating performance. Unlike WorldBench though, it actually works for me. I've always had problems getting WorldBench to consistently, and to be honest a lot of the scores they give don't really correlate to the true real-world tests we do in our reviews. SYSMark works well, and scores are always repeatable.

SYSMark 2007 is still a "Preview" version, although scores are still valid, and will be comparable with later versions. Like prior versions, different "workload scenarios" are given, focusing on different aspects of computing, using different software types.


This scenario includes tasks executed in the creation of an on-line teaching facility. It integrates rich image, video, and audio content in a web page for presentation of learning materials. E-Learning uses the following applications:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Macromedia Flash 8
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003

Off to a predictable start, as SP1 improves the score by about 3.4% here. This is within the 4-8% range we've been typically seeing across most tests so far.


This scenario models data analysis as performed with common office applications. Communication, data processing, project management, and file manipulation comprise this scenario. Office Productivity uses the following applications:

  • Microsoft Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Word 2003
  • Microsoft Project 2003
  • WinZip 10.0

This time, performance is identical between Vista SP1 and Retail.

Video Creation

This scenario executes the creation of a video using special effects and images from multiple sources. The content is created for both online streaming transfer and high-resolution download viewing. Video Creation uses the following applications:

  • Adobe After Effects 7
  • Adobe Illustrator CS2
  • Adobe Photoshop CS2
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 series
  • Sony Vegas 7

Just like we found with prior video manipulation benchmarks, SP1 is slightly faster than retail, but not by much. In this case, 2.3%

3D Modeling

This scenario is tasked to develop an architectural presentation of a prospective construction project, creating a flyby animation and photorealistic image of the completed building. 3D Modeling uses the following applications:

  • AutoDesk 3ds Max 8
  • SketchUp 5

Another tie, as these two programs rely heavily on hardware performance, and not so much on how Windows is running.

Overally, SYSMark 2007 tells us that performance will be relatively the same with SP1 installed, as the programs we use every day aren't significantly influenced by the changes made. This is an interesting fact compared to the typical performance increases we saw with the integrated Windows software and file copying tests.

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