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Worldbench 5: Office XP and Photoshop 7

PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 is a Business and Professional application benchmark.  The tests consist of a number of performance modules that each utilize one, or a group of popular applications to gauge performance. 

WorldBench 5.0: Office XP SP2 & Photoshop 7 Modules
Real-World Application 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.


The results we see here with the Core 2 Extreme QX6800 are more indicative of the fact that Microsoft Office XP and Photoshop 7 are older applications that are getting a bit long in the tooth, since they aren't heavily multithreaded.  In fact the Office XP test is more of a multi-tasking work load while there are a few filters in Photoshop that are actually multithreaded.    Moving forward, we plan to incorporate Adobe's CS2 Photoshop versions in our benchmark test suite, which is a more current version and more capable of taking advantage of multi-processor systems.  The long and short of our tests with these two applications, however, is that Kentstfield is only marginally faster than Core 2 Duo for legacy Office-type and Image Editing applications.  We'll explore more multithread capable applications next. 

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