Office XP SP2 & Photoshop 7
PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 is a new breed of Business and Professional application benchmark, that has replaced the aging and no-longer supported Content Creation and Business Winstone tests in our suite. WorldBench 5.0 consists of a number of performance modules that each utilize one, or a group of, popular applications to gauge performance.
Below we have the results from WB 5's Office XP SP2 and Photoshop 7 modules, recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance here, so the shorter the bar the better.
For Microsoft Office applications the FX-62 is the new King Of The Hill, breaking another record in our test labs for a factory stock speed processor. AMD's new AM2 platform and DDR2 memory show a very slight edge as well, clock for clock, as is evident AM2 NF590 FX-60 speed comparison versus FX-60 on nForce 4. Finally, it goes without saying that all of these results are tightly grouped with overall comparable performance but Intel's fastest Pentium processor simply brings up the rear.
Our Photoshop 7 test shows a dramatic advantage for team AMD but not so much for the AM2 platform partly because of the slower memory DDR2-742 memory speeds for the Athlon 64 X2 5000+ and the FX-60 clocked AM2 variant of the FX-62 . ATI's RD580 for AM2 reference board drops in the best showing of the bunch powered by the new Athlon 64 FX-62 and DDR2-800 memory. Again RD580 was also showing slightly better disk write performance versus NF590 currently, as we noted earlier, so this could have impacted the test a bit as well. Clock-for-clock the NF590 SLI is actually slower than the S939/DDR1 nForce 4 SLI chipset, in this test, as is shown by its 7 second shortcoming with an FX-60 clock speed, which obviously is miniscule but still observable. Perhaps this will improve somewhat over time with future driver and BIOS releases from board partners and NVIDIA.