Multitasking: Scenario 1+

Scenario 1+

After completing the Scenario 1 tests, I decided to add one more application into the suite by having Outlook import an emails file into its database.  Here is the modified test step by step:

  1. Open Trillian
  2. Open Excel Sheet
  3. Open PDF file to page 15 (complicated data)
  4. Open Firefox, with three tabs, each of heavy Flash content (stored locally)
  5. Open iTunes and play 12 song playlist
  6. Start NAV virus scan on HDDs
  7. Open Outlook and start import on 335MB email file
  8. Open Razor Lame and add files to be encoded
  9. Encode MP3s and time

The window order, from bottom most viewable to top most was: Acrobat -> iTunes -> Outlook -> Norton AV -> Razor Lame.  On this test there were two applications running tasks that had a definite end, and in our results you’ll see that at the end of the MP3 encoding, the Intel system had already finished the Outlook import while the AMD system was still completing the task.

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The base results from our first show that both Intel processors are 10-20+ seconds slower than the top AMD processors in this single threaded application.

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Again, these results are incredibly impressive for Intel’s logical quad-core processors — they have as much as a 21% performance lead over the top dual-core AMD processor and a 62% lead over the slowest AMD X2 processor.  What is even more impressive in this instance as well, is that at the completion of the MP3 encoding process, on both Intel processors, the Outlook importing was done as well.  On the AMD systems, the Outlook importing was still going when the MP3 encoding finished, indicating the Intel systems did even more work faster than these numbers are showing.

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