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CC Winstone & World Bench 5.0: Photoshop 7 & Office XP Modules


Content Creation Winstone 2004
Real-World Application Performance

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
  • 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.

PC World's World Bench 5.0: Photoshop 7 & Office XP Modules
More Real-World Application Performance

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.

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