Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965: Not Just A Speed Bump
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.
All of the systems we tested performed similarly in Worldbench's Office XP SP2 test, with the Pentium Extreme Edition 965 performing somewhere in between the Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and single-core 3.73GHz Pentium Extreme. The Athlon 64 FX-60 took the top spot though, besting the 965XE by about 5 seconds.
There was a much wider spread in the Photoshop 7 test. Here, the new Pentium Extreme Edition 965 is clearly the fastest Intel processor, but the Athlons were superior. The Athlon 64 X2 4800+ and FX-60 finished the test about 11 and 29 seconds faster than the 965XE, respectively.