World Bench 5.0: Office XP SP2 & Photoshop 7
PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 is a Business and Professional application benchmark suite which consists of a number of performance modules that each utilize one, or a group of, popular applications to gauge performance. In these test, both integrated and discrete graphics were used to help demonstrate the impact of sharing 256MB of system memory with the integrated graphics vs running no shared memory and a graphics card with 256MB of its own memory.
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.
WorldBench 5's Office XP test had the MSI K9AGM2 finishing a fair amount beihnd than the nForce 430 systems when using their respective integrated graphics. Improvements were noted with discrete graphics, but the 690G based system still lagged the 430/6150 by roughly 20 seconds. Oddly, this test actually returned worse results when running discrete graphics with the 460/6100 board.
The Photoshop 7 module, on the other hand, was much closer, with no major differences between integrated and discrete graphics and system variations closer to 3 seconds overall.