Photoshop 7 & Office XP
PC World Magazine's WorldBench 5.0 is a new breed of Business and Professional application benchmark, poised to replace the aging and no-longer supported Content Creation and Business Winstone tests. 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 Photoshop 7 and Office XP SP2 modules, recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance.
WorldBench 5.0's Photoshop and Office XP performance module reported contrasting scores, at least with regard to the AMD powered systems. In the Photoshop 7 test, the Sapphire PI-A9RX480 nudged ahead of its nForce 4 powered competitor by just one second, and both AMD based systems smoked the Pentium D. In the Office XP test, however, the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI slightly outpaced the Sapphire PI-A9RX480, besting the Radeon Xpress 200 based Sapphire board by about three seconds. The Intel powered combatant was once again outclassed by both of the AMD powered systems.