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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [04.11.02]
Manufactured by: Abit


SYSmark 2002

Okay now that we've looked at how the AT7 performs in games, let's see how it does in OTHER applications we might use, such as Office Productivity or Internet Content Creation apps...

SYSmark 2002 does just that for us.  It is a very thorough test, taking nearly 2 hours to complete.  It fully tests PC performance in the following applications:

Office Productivity

  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Netscape Communicator® 6.0
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred v.5
  • WinZip 8.0
  • McAfee VirusScan 5.13

Internet Content Creation

  • Adobe Photoshop® 6.01
  • Adobe Premiere® 6.0
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 7.1
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 4
  • Macromedia Flash 5

Neck and neck once again.  This time, the AT7 pulls slightly ahead in the Office Productivity apps, while the Shuttle board excels in Internet Content Creation, for some reason.  They both end up with pretty much the same final score though, which is perfect.

PCMark 2002

From the makers of 3DMark comes PCMark.  It works in a very similar way, testing various types of processing on your system, and spitting out a final calculated score, allowing systems to be easily compared to one another.

I think that about says it here, tied once again.

It's at this point that we can conclude that at stock speeds, the AT7 performs quite well, keeping right on par with a very basic but fast motherboard in most tests.  It pulled ahead in a couple, but fell slightly behind more often than not.  The use of DDR333 RAM, while it will not give you anything spectacular by any means, would very likely push the AT7 over the Shuttle board in pretty much every benchmark.

There comes a time where we have to look beyond the new features brought to the table by the AT7, and beyond even the benchmark numbers.  We have installed and tested the system, and are ready to make a few rants on various issues this board has on the next page... You won't want to miss this...

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