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Rendering a high definition scene in 3DSMax is considerably faster on a single Phenom core than on an Athlon 64 X2 using only one core. Considering that rendering applications usually scale well with more CPU cores, the performance gain with Phenom over Athlon 64 X2 is significant. Check out our Phenom review for details with all cores enables.
The rendering performance under Cinema4D increased as well, but the gains weren't as significant here. Unlike 3DSMax, this time we were rendering an animation sequence.
Photoshop CS3 by Adobe is one of the most popular image editing applications; its filters, which are available from third party vendors, are particularly demanding. Phenom shows slight advantages over the Athlon 64 X2 when only one core is used, but as with most professional applications, Photoshop can be accelerated nicely using multiple processing cores.
Many users use WinRAR to compress files before they email them. The benefit of a single Phenom core over a single Athlon 64 X2 core is very small here.