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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsSound Jun 4th, 2020 - 2:32 PM EST
    Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz
    Author: David Pitlyuk | Paul Mazzucco
    Date Posted: August 3rd, 2001
    Rating: 7.5/10 SystemLogistics

    Winstone 2001

    Winstone is a rather "old-school" benchmark, but it does use real applications. Business Winstone 2001 is comprised of the following applications:

    1. Norton Antivirus 2000 from Symantec
    2. WinZip 7.0
    3. Microsoft FrontPage 2000
    4. Lotus Notes R5
    5. Microsoft Access 2000
    6. Microsoft Excel 2000
    7. Microsoft PowerPoint 2000
    8. Microsoft Project 98
    9. Microsoft Word 2000
    10. Netscape Communicator 4.73

    Winstone has a base machine was configured as follows:

    Benchmark Ziff Davis Media's Business Winstone 2001 Version 1.0
    1024x768 using 24-bit color
    Cirrus Logic(R) 5465 with 4096 KB RDRAM
    Driver version MGA 64.sys, MGA 62.dll
    800 X 600 16 bits/pixel
    Refresh rate 70 Hz
    Seagate Medalist ST 3654 0A hard drive
    Hard disk controller Intel 82371AB/EB PCI Busmaster IDE
    512Kb L2 cache
    Intel Pentium 2 Processor at 333mhz
    64MB of SDRAM
    Operating system, Windows system Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6, Build 1381

    A score of 10.0 refers to the base machine described above. However, the tests done by Winstone are not as indicative of the performance that a CPU, let alone a machine, as other tests. This is due to the fact that Winstone does not benchmark in the same, multitasking way as other benchmarks we have included (despite many similar programs that are run). This causes the scores to be more forgiving to less powerful memory subsystems, as they are not stressed nearly so much. Though, to be fair to Winstone, many users run only a couple programs at a time, and don't switch between windows as often as a power user would. However, as Winstone is a relatively common benchmark elsewhere, we opted to include it as well.

    Content Creation

    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    Here's another look at a content creation benchmark, this time from eTestingLabs. We can see here that in WinME there is a 6% performance increase with the P4, but in Win2k there is a 10% increase. 10% is where you start seeing a noticeable difference, and note that this is only a 1.1GHz Athlon we are comparing to.


    Higher is better

    Higher is better

    We see the same sort of thing we saw in the content creation benchmark, but the Pentium 4 has just a bit more of an edge over the Athlon. When looking at a few other sites benchmarks we can see that the Athlon does start to close in on the Pentium 4 with higher clock speeds.

    >> OfficeBench 2001

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    1. Introduction
    2. Technology Overview
    3. Should You Buy Now?
    4. Benchmarks Introduction/The Test
    5. SYSmark 2001
    6. Winstone 2001
    7. OfficeBench 2001
    8. Quake III Arena
    9. 3DMark 2000/2001
    10. Aquamark
    11. Conclusion

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