Office XP and Photoshop
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 utilizes one, or a group of popular desktop applications to gauge performance.
Below we have the results from Worldbench 5.0's Office XP SP2 and Photoshop 7 performance modules, recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance here, so the shorter the bar the better.
Neither Office XP nor Photoshop 7 can truly exploit the resources available in today's high-end quad-core processors, hence the similar performance between the three quad-core processors represented here. Technically speaking, however, the new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 did put up the best scores in both tests, albeit by just a few seconds, no doubt aided by its larger cache, and high CPU and front side bus frequencies.