Communications Suite
Tests in the Communications Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Communications Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Communications usage. Communications Suite gives a separate PCMark Communications Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score.

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Security is more important today than ever before. To compress and encrypt all personal information is vital for safe computing. Emails are the most important type of communication, whether it is personal or business. To keep the workflow smooth and enjoyable, high performance CPUs and HDDs are recommended. Reading news online while having your cup of coffee is quality-time. Often one site isn’t enough, so tabbed browsing is a perfect solution for news-hungry people. Spyware is very common on systems without protection against it, letting Windows Defender scan & protect your system is recommended. Voice over IP – with Skype or Windows Live Messenger – is very popular these days. Encrypted messaging for home and workplace gives additional security.

Communications Suite includes the following tests:
  • Communications 1
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • Data encryption: CNG AES CBC
    • Data compression
    • Web page rendering: graphics content, 1024×768, windowed
  • Communications 2
    • Three simultaneous threads
    • Web page rendering: open various news pages from IE 7 Favorites in separate tabs, close them one by one
    • Data decryption: CNG AES CBC
    • HDD: Windows Defender
  • Communications 3
    • Windows Mail: Search
  • Communications 4
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • Data encryption: CNG AES CBC
    • Audio transcoding: WMA -> WMA – to simulate VOIP

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While you might not have thought communications software would see a big gain between these processors, the QX6850 disproves that by coming in a full 20% faster than the dual-core E6750.  Yep, again the 1333 MHz FSB on the E6750 processor is able to overcome the frequency deficit that it has compared to the X6800.  Both the 6000+ and 5600+ Athlon 64 processors perform very well in this suite coming in just behind the two Intel processors.

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