Benchmark Results: Applications
Four processing cores generate noticeable benefits in 3ds Max (even this older version, which we've since replaced with the 64-bit edition of 2009).
Photoshop CS3 does not take advantage of more than one or two cores, so the results are thus ranked by CPU core speed. Our recent move to Photoshop CS4 will demonstrate more differentiation in the future, though.
Overclocking yields a small reduction in completion time, but it’s obvious that the most time is saved by having more processor cores working. Besides finishing quicker, a system with a quad-core processor should seem more responsive to use while a scan is running in the background.
The quad-core Phenom X4 9950 is far faster in WinRAR compression than its dual-core relative, but is still no match for either of the Phenom II processors.
In contrast, WinZip compression doesn’t benefit from more than two processing cores and the Phenom X4 9950 BE and Athlon 7750 BE once again rank by core speed.