CPU Roundup April 2010

6. SiSoft Sandra8. Media Encoding


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HardwareHeaven Photoshop V3 Benchmark (64-bit)

Most people are tired of running 3dmark and Pcmark and similar benchmarks, while these are visually attractive benchmarks they are not in many cases indicative of real world situations, this is not the case with Photoshop. This is a real world application with a myriad of uses appealing to all users from digital photographers to budding graphic designers. It is also a wonderful test of all round system performance, specifically memory bandwidth and CPU processing power. For full information and links to download this bench for yourself and to compare scores with other HardwareHeaven members, head over here – Photoshop Benchmark.

We are using Photoshop CS4 64-bit for this testing.

  Athlon II X2 255 Athlon II X3 440 Athlon II X4 635 Phenom II X2 555 Core i3-530
1: Texturiser (I): 2.5 2.5 2.4 1.9 2.0
2: CYMK Colour Conversion: 2.1 1.6 1.3 1.9 1.8
3: RGB Colour Conversion: 3.6 2.0 1.7 2.1 1.7
4: Ink Outlines: 19.1 19.5 20.2 18.1 20.4
5: Dust and Scratches: 5.8 2.5 2.1 3.2 2.6
6: Watercolour: 18.8 19.4 20.0 18.0 21.4
7: Texturiser (II): 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.2 1.2
8: Stained Glass: 14.7 14.8 14.9 13.5 11.2
9: Lighting: 5.5 2.7 2.3 3.1 2.2
10: Mosaic: 10.9 11.3 11.7 10.4 8.9
11: Extrude: 76.3 86.7 86.1 71.4 66.5
12: Smart Blur: 55.5 55.8 57.0 47.2 51.0
13: Underpainting: 29.2 29.6 31.0 28.0 19.2
14: Palette: 25.7 26.4 27.2 24.6 17.3
15: Sponge: 25.1 25.6 26.6 24.0 30.4
Total 297.2 302.9 307.0 269.6 257.8

We can see from the results that the dual core processors perform better in this test than the tri and quad core ones. This is due to their higher clock speed. The i3-530 performs better than all the AMD processors in this test, even though the clock speed is equal to that of the lowest clocked AMD.

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