Adobe Photoshop CS4 Performance

To measure performance under Photoshop CS4 we turn to the Retouch Artists’ Speed Test. The test does basic photo editing; there are a couple of color space conversions, many layer creations, color curve adjustment, image and canvas size adjustment, unsharp mask, and finally a gaussian blur performed on the entire image.

The whole process is timed and thanks to the use of Intel's X25-M SSD as our test bed hard drive, performance is far more predictable than back when we used to test on mechanical disks.

Time is reported in seconds and the lower numbers mean better performance. The test is multithreaded and can hit all four cores in a quad-core machine.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 - Retouch Artists Speed Test

Photoshop performance of our triple core competitor is slower than the lower clocked X4 620. It is however the exact same speed as the Phenom II X3 720.

SYSMark 2007 Performance Video Encoding Performance


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  • hob196 - Thursday, October 22, 2009 - link

    Any thoughts on whether different memory speed has a greater effect on chips with no L3? Reply
  • jjpmann - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - link

    How would the X4 620 compare clocked at the same speed as the X4 605e? Reply
  • wolfman3k5 - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - link

    I like the review, and I like the new products from AMD/ATI.

    That being said, I've read the posts. How many retards actually post here? Some of the comments are clearly unintelligent and stupid and bellow the standards of this website.

  • maddoctor - Friday, October 23, 2009 - link

    Hey. Insist on Intel Inside. Intel Inside PC is powerful and intelligent. Other than that are rubbish. Reply
  • fsdetained - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - link

    I found it funny how Intel has only one cpu under 65w tdp for desktops on newegg and its a 1.8ghz single core celeron while AMD is about to release six at 45w tdp that will easily outperform it along with the two they already have out at 45w tdp. Reply
  • Accord99 - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - link

    It's just a general figure that's unnecessarily overrated for the C2D. All the dual-cores would fit within a 35W TDP and most the C2Q would fit within a 65W TDP. Reply
  • maddoctor - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - link

    No, Intel products are outsold and AMD processors can not sold because its products are rubbish in the eye of the consumers. Reply
  • SunSamurai - Sunday, November 01, 2009 - link">

    Oh look a cheaper AMD CPU outperforming a more expensive Intel CPU


    You're rubbish in the eyes of everyone here.
  • jtleon - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    After diggin through all of Maddoctor's delightful and humorous comments, I find myself asking this question...

    Why does HP, Dell, Gateway, Acer, Lenovo, and all other PC makers choose to offer ANY AMD products in their portfolios?

    I think Maddoctor forgets that those in business of making computers can make MORE profit using AMD than they can make using Intel. After all, PROFIT is the driving force of business.

    Joe public does not care what CPU is working for him, as long as the job gets done, in a reasonable amount of time. Joe Public could care less if he has supercomputing capabilities...for his VIDEO GAME.

    I am pwning plenty of i7's, Q6600's, E8500's, Phenoms, etc. with my lowly dual P3 box running the AGP port. The fact remains, 99% of computer users on this planet could care less who (AMD or Intel) is running their applications, as long as they pay next to nothing for the computer.

    Even Maddoctor can understand this fact.


  • stmok - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    Why does HP, Dell, Gateway, Acer, Lenovo, and all other PC makers choose to offer ANY AMD products in their portfolios?

    The European Commission can answer that one for you.


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