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 MP3 encoding show the FX-60 already with a lead in the single application mode. 

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Again the FX-60 takes a sizeable lead over the competing AMD processors and comes close to that of the Intel bunch but can’t quite take the lead back.  In our last processor review, we noted that the Intel system results were even more impressive because they had finished the Outlook importing process as well, where as on the AMD systems, they were still running when the MP3 encoding was completed.  With the FX-60, AMD can now make the same claim as Intel’s XE 955 and 840 processors in that regard.

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