Business Performance: WorldBench 5
With WorldBench 5.0, we run a series of pre-configured scripts that we believe give a well rounded view of system performance. The tests we focus on are Office XP SP2, Photoshop 7, Nero, and Multitasking Modules. These results are recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance here, so the shorter the bar the better.
In these tests we pitted the Z61 against similar performing business related systems. As you can tell from the chart above, the Z61p performed exactly as expected. The Photoshop test places a good deal of emphasis on processing and memory related functions. As seen, the 2GHz Core Duo fell right in line with expected results.
In the Nero Burning test below we clearly see the Z61p jumping to the top. This simulated burning test places a lot of emphasis on the disk subsystem and memory. Clearly, the Hitachi SATA drive's 7.2K spindle speed and larger 8MB cache paired with the system's 667MHz DDR2 memory aided in the Thinkpad's strong performance.
In our next test, WorldBench ran a series of Office XP programs including Excel and Word. During these tests a large about of text and data were loaded into the applications with minimal disk overhead. This test stressed heavy CPU utilization with minimal disk I/O and reasonable memory caching. As can be seen, the Z61p managed to eclipse the competition (albeit by a small margin). This slight advantage was most likely due to our increased 2GB RAM capacity over the competitor's 1GB.
Media Encoding has always been a strength with the Intel platform and above we have tests from WB5's Windows Media Encoder Multitasking test that also runs an instance of a Mozilla web browser in the background. This tests stresses the CPU, Memory, and Hard Disk. As you can see, the Z61p clearly falls in the middle of the pack with this test.