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Reviewed By: Carl Nelson [11.15.01]
Manufactured by: AMD
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SYSmark 2001

SYSmark 2001 by BapCo will tell us if the low cache size will continue to hold the Duron way back from the Athlon, or if the Morgan Core features can make up for it.

SYSmark tests the performance of several Content Creation and Office Productivity applications, and gives a final score, along with individual category results.  The Office Productivity applications tested by SYSmark include:

-MS Word 2000
-MS Excel 2000
-MS PowerPoint 2000
-MS Access 2000
-MS Outlook 2000
-Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred v.5
-Netscape Communicator 6.0
-WinZip 8.0
-McAfee VirusScan 5.13

No big surprise here... The Athlon, with its big cache size, wins yet another Real-World benchmark.  I was sort of hoping the Data Prefetch would give the Duron a nice boost, but it didn't give it enough in this case.

ZDBench Business Winstone 2001

Business Winstone by ZD Media is a similar test to SYSmark above, in that it runs a series of scripted activities through the latest Real-World office productivity applications.  Unlike SYSmark however, a light version of Winstone can be downloaded for free, or you can order the full version for the cost of shipping.  Applications used in Winstone 2001 include:

-Norton Antivirus 2000
-WinZip 7.0
-MS FrontPage 2000
-Lotus Notes R5
-MS Access 2000
-MS Excel 2000
-MS PowerPoint 2000
-MS Project 98
-MS Word 2000
Netscape Communicator 4.73

Same old story here...

Above you see the SYSmark 2001 overall rating.  This score includes the Content Creation tests, which we will show you on the next page.  It doesn't look good for the Duron, however.

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