Photoshop and Valve Multithreaded Game Dev Benchmarks

Adobe Photoshop CS3

To measure performance in Adobe's Photoshop CS3 we turned to the Retouch Artists CS3 benchmark. The test cycles through a handful of commonly used filters and is timed manually. We ran the benchmark at its default settings.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 - Retouch Artists Benchmark

Our Photoshop test favors Intel's Core 2 Quads over the new Phenom processors; the Q9300 will only make matters worse for AMD.

Valve Map Compilation

Valve supplied us with their VRAD map compilation tool to measure the performance of compiling Source engine maps.

Valve Map Compilation Benchmark

Valve's map compile test has Intel in the lead, but AMD is able to at least keep up with the Q6600.

Valve Particle Benchmark

Particle systems are an important aspect of CPU performance in 3D games, although this benchmark does overstate its importance a bit. However, it does give one aspect of how more cores can be used in future games.

Valve Particle System Benchmark

High Definition Media Encoding Gaming Performance
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  • ap90033 - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    Amen brother, I had the Athlon 64 when it ruled, but now i have E8400 since it smokes AMD's best...

    So I guess I am an AMD/Intel Fan BOY!!!

    No offense but this artlicle had a very strong slant towards AMD, even though Intel destroys their newest and best with a 1+ year old chip. Dont you find that the least bit odd....? If anyone is sounding like a "Fanboy" I would say it would have to be you Mr. Crusader for AMD. LOL

    Dude when you get to where I am you will see, it doesnt matter what the fluff is, get the FACTS and decide with your dollars there... Sheesh...
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  • AssBall - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    I thought it was a very well written article. I didn't get any OMGAMDFTW out of it like you apparently did. Your "Man" would not be up already if AMD wasn't still churning these new procs out. Good luck finding those special Intel prices then. Reply
  • Olaf van der Spek - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    > We get the impression that there are some speed paths that could be optimized on the current B2 and B3 Phenoms that simply aren't because of a very sensible thought process.

    I'm wondering why those speed paths haven't been fixed before the first launch. Certainly it wasn't good for AMD to only introduce them at low clock frequencies.
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  • Visual - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    It's really disheartening for a "fanboy" like me to see AMD beaten all over the board again.
    I may very well build a system or two with AMD parts because of the 780G chipset and its great budget video performance, but for a full-blown performance system i'll certainly go with Intel now.

    AMD better hurry up with their 45nm tech, its way overdue.
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  • Griswold - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    "AMD better hurry up with their 45nm tech, its way overdue."

    You're right, Intel has been selling 45nm parts for like a year now... oh wait, no they havent.

    If you meant overdue as in they need it to (hopefully) achieve higher clock speeds and lower power consumption in addition to lower production cost, then you got that right.

    If they keep their schedule with 45nm, they will have narrowed the gap between process shrinks vs. intel a bit again - which is good. But things like that dont happen overnight.
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  • MoonRocket - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    Can anyone identify the case on the 3ghz where are you page?

    Looks interesting.
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  • AmberClad - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    It looks like the CoolerMaster Stacker 830 to me. Reply
  • dnz - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    We musn't forget how great an overclocker the Q6600 is. My system is running at 3.2GHz (8x400) and I'm using cheap DDR2-800 RAM. The Q9300 may have some advantages but overclocking it is going to require some VERY expensive RAM. Reply
  • Griswold - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link

    First you'll need an good mobo that can deliver high FSB for these 45nm quads. RAM is secondary (can always use a divider if needed). Reply
  • ui5200 - Thursday, March 27, 2008 - link


    Maybe this will cause intel to finally release the latest Dual and Quad core chips (oh like the E8400 that's been 'out of stock' for months)? Or is this another paper launch ?
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