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BapCo SysMark 2001
Like ZD's Winstone tests, SysMark run two test suites to simulate general business and content creation environments. Will SysMark's results continue the trends seen with the ZD tests?

For Office Productivity, yes. At the high end, XP takes another victory over 2000, and Windows ME is once again third. The differences in performance aren't huge, but XP still manages to establish a clear lead.

Our low-end machine continues XP's winning streak, but with a smaller margin than the high-end box. Windows ME's core shows its age, placing a distant third.

Moving to the more demanding Internet Content Creation tests, WinXP takes its first loss to Win2K on our high-end test bed. With only System Restore disabled, it's possible this loss is due to some of the additional features that XP has over Windows 2000, such as the new GUI. Windows ME continues to take a beating.

The situation is repeated on the low end; WinXP loses to 2000 by a small margin, while WinME brings up the rear.

ScienceMark
Next we move our testing parameters to the world of number crunching with ScienceMark. Running simulations of things I haven't a prayer of understanding, ScienceMark at least produces some results that are easy to read. Let's take a look.

At the high end, XP and 2000's overall scores closely follow each other, and Windows ME lags again. ScienceMark is a computationally intensive test, and as such it sees a significant performance increase moving to the NT core. With results so close between XP and 2000, I'm going to have to call this one a draw.

With our low-end hardware, the high-end trend persists as 2000 and XP are too closely matched to call. ME's 9x core prevents ScienceMark from leveraging the full computational potential of the hardware, and it stays in last place.

POV-Ray
From scientific math to 3D rendering, the POV-Ray test measures the time required to perform a raytrace rendering.

POV-Ray cares more about a machine's hardware rather than its operating system. Given equal hardware, all the operating systems offer essentially the same performance on this test.