CC Winstone & World Bench 5.0: Photoshop 7 & Office XP Modules
The Veritest Content Creation Winstone 2004 test utilizes the following applications in its benchmark routine. For more information about this test, see this page:
- Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
- Adobe Premiere 6.50
- Macromedia Director MX 9.0
- Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1
- Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Version 9.00.00.2980
- NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
- Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f
With Content Creation Winstone, some applications are multithreaded, such as Windows Media Encoder 9. We were a bit surprised to see no distinct advantage with the D 820 over its siblings. The processor did manage to equal the score of the 530J, which runs 200MHz faster, but that's nothing major. The Athlon 64 3200+ was right in the mix with the second highest score behind the Peniumt 4 630.
Where Content Creation's results are all inclusive, PC World's World bench has specific modules that can be isolated. For this next round of tests, we focused on three components: Photoshop 7.0.1, Office XP SP2, and Windows Media Encoder 9. This way, because each module may benefit from certain features of a CPU, it will be more evident than with Content Creation.
The Photoshop module proved to be a strong point for the older Athlon 64 3200+. Even clocked 800MHz slower than the dual-core Pentium D, the module completed 30 seconds faster with the 3200+ clocked at 2GHz. All three Pentiums were within a few seconds of each other, with the Pentium D 820 losing slightly to the Hyper-Threaded single-core chips.
With the Office XP SP2 module, the Pentium 4 630 had the upperhand, turning out the best result followed by the 530J. Tied for the slowest results were the Athlon 3200+ and the Pentium D 830, both of which lagged behind the 530J by three seconds. Once again, this test looked to be dominated by clockspeed and L2 cache, with no advantages shown for dual-core processors.