These benchmarks use real-world applications to determine how well a given system can handle business applications and content creation functions. They each put the thumbscrews to the CPU and memory subsystems, and give a good idea of how a system stacks up in productivity situations.
Performance variations with general benchmarks like these tend to be slim, since were using the same processor, memory and other components. In fact, the variance among our contenders in Business Winstone 2001 is a mere 3%. However, in Content Creation Winstone 2001 we see the ALi MAGiC1-based Soyo board coming in significantly lower than its VIA KT266A contenders. This, dear readers, is the beginning of a trend.