Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965: Not Just A Speed Bump

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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.

PC World's World Bench 5.0: Office XP SP2 & Photoshop 7 Modules
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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.


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