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.
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.