AMD Athlon 64 FX-57: Sunny San Diego
WB5 PhotoShop 7 & WME 9
As probably one of our more popular desktop professional application tests, WorldBench 5's Photoshop 7 test module is next.
The Athlon 64 FX-57 simply burned through WorldBench 5's PhotoShop performance module. With a time of 276 seconds, the Athlon 64 FX-57 finished the test a full 25 seconds faster than its closest competitor, the FX-55. The Athlon 64s completely dominated the Pentium 4s here, which obviously makes them the better choice for users who do a lot of image editing with this popular application.
We continued our testing with WB5's video encoding benchmark based on Windows Media Encoder 9. In the Windows Media Encoder 9 portion of the WorldBench 5 suite, encoding times are again recorded in number of seconds to complete a conversion to Windows Streaming Media format. Lower times indicate better performance.
WorldBench 5's Windows Media Encoder test is multi-threaded, so it benefits greatly from a from a dual-core or Hyper-Threading enabled processor. In this benchmark, the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ was the clear victor, followed by the Athlon 64 FX-57. The FX-57's added SSE3 instructions, updated memory controller, and clock speed increase really help it to shine in this test, as it edged past all of the Intel processors we tested and was dramatically faster than the Athlon 64 FX-55 and 4000+.