ZIFFPAGE TITLEDesktop Applications Performance

By Loyd Case  |  Posted 2003-05-21 Print this article Print

Desktop Applications Performance

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AMDs current flagship desktop CPU proved tough to beat in our Business Winstone 2002 test. (The Intel 865PE system lagged the more powerful Intel 875P machine by less than 4 percent, though.) The Pentium 4 did prove its mettle against the Athlon on the Multimedia Content Creation Winstone 2003 benchmark test suite, however.
With the Intel-based systems, only 1.2 points separated the 865PE from the 875P on the Content Creation Winstone. This suggests that you could use an 865PE-based system for entry-level content creation, but some applications will benefit from the faster memory controller in the 875P. In particular, media encoding applications will likely render faster on 875P systems.

Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.

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