WorldBench 5: Photoshop & Office XP
PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 is a new breed of Business and Professional application benchmark, poised to replace the aging and no-longer supported Winstone tests. 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 Photoshop 7 and Office XP modules, recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance.
Interestingly enough, in both the Photoshop 7 and Office XP SP2 WorldBench 5 tests, we see the new A8N32 SLI Deluxe fall behind the rest of the pack by a small margin, 1 - 2% to be exact. While this certainly doesn't constitute a significant and end-user perceivable variance, it does speak somewhat to what could be the slightly higher latency characteristics of NVIDIA's discrete MCP chip in the new nForce 4 SLI X16 chipset versus the totally integrated single-chip approach in the nForce4 SLI standard solution. Is it anything to quibble over? Absolutely not. Again, the 5 - 7 seconds overall, with the number of tests these benchmarks run, is nearly within the margin of error for any given test run.