Office XP SP2 & Photoshop 7
PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 is a new breed of Business and Professional application benchmark, that has replaced the aging and no-longer supported Content Creation and Business Winstone tests in our suite. 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 Office XP SP2 and Photoshop 7 modules, recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance here, so the shorter the bar the better.
Worldbench 5.0's Office XP SP2 performance module reports relatively similar performance for all of the processors we tested. This test isn't very threaded, nor does it require massive amounts of CPU horsepower. As such, only 20 seconds (roughly 3.9%) separate the highest and lowest performing systems.
The Photoshop 7 test is somewhat more taxing, but it too isn't completely multi-threaded, save for a few of the filters applied at various points during the benchmark. The Athlon 64 FX-57 is the best performer here, besting the Pentium Extreme Edition 955 by 48 seconds, or about 16.8%. The 955XE is the highest performing Intel processor, however. Even the 3.73GHz almost 300MHz higher clock speed doesn't give it enough of an edge to outrun the new 955XE.