This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.Sysmark 20001 has been used for quite some time throughout the online community as a benchmark of choice. While I decided to start using just a few short weeks ago, I was let in on some information about the programs inability to recognize the SSE enhancements of the Athlon XP processors — thus the scores that were reported with the Sysmark 2001 Internet Content Creation test were lower than they should be. AMD has sent around a patch to the online reviewers that enables the SSE instructions of the Athlon XP processor in the Sysmark benchmarks. The results below did not use this patch. But future articles will in fact use the patch if and when we do use the Sysmark 2001 test suite.
Using the Sysmark 2001 tests is new to Amdmb.com but I decided to use and include since AMD began to take some stock in what they the tests results say. The Internet Content Creation test focuses on the development tools that many web developers are using today. Programs included in the test are Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Windows Media Encoder. That Athlon XP overpowers the Thunderbird by almost 15% here and stomps the Duron by nearly 70%!
The Office Productivity test in Sysmark 2001 uses programs such as Microsoft Office 2000, Netscape Communicator and Dragon Naturally Speaking. The test results show the Athlon XP 1800+ processor about 10% faster than the Athlon Thunderbird 1.4 GHz. The XP overwhelms the Duron by about 45%, again showing the power of the faster bus speed and on-board cache. Notice that the XP processor has nice gains in both the ZDNet content and office tests and the Sysmark content and office tests. There should be no doubt about the power of the Athlon XP processor after that.