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.

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  • maddoctor - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - link

    No, Bulldozer will never come because Intel will kill it with Sandy Bridge and if they successfully launch it, its fates will like Barcelona failure. I believe after this failure, Intel will make everyone happay with its cheaper product because Intel does not need a competitor. I like this situation. Reply
  • SunSamurai - Sunday, November 01, 2009 - link">

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

  • maddoctor - Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - link

    AMD Bulldozer hype will be ended with the most powerful processor in the world with Intel Sandy Bridge. BTW, If you have realized that Intel is better, don't go with crappy AMD processor. They could not design a processor like powerful Intel Processor. Reply
  • maddoctor - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    Good argument, these craps are better to placed it in the toilet. Who will buy these craps except AMDiot. Reply
  • narrenschip - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    What are the parameters/settings for the blender redering test? The description mentions 'a character that comes with the application', but as far as I know, there are no models/scenes included with the program.

  • Gary Key - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    We utilize the Flying Squirrel image for our render benchmark -">
  • deimos3428 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    It's nice to see some more low-end chips come out, but I'm not sure that there's all that much of a market for anything between say an Athlon II X2 240 and a Phenom II X2 550/Athlon II X4 620. Choice is good, but too much choice can get very confusing. Reply
  • Taft12 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    That's why they're phasing out the Phenom II X2 and X3. It's a confusing time because there is a lot of Phenom II in the channel still, but soon the 705e, 905e, 945, 955 and 965 will be the only Phenom II CPUs available, the rest will be Athlon II. Reply
  • deimos3428 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    Which has nothing to do with blender rendering. Oops. Reply
  • Slash621 - Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - link

    I am extremely happy that you are utilizing an excel benchmark. I operate some huge models between access and excel and learning which processor will provide the best bang for the buck is of great business importance to me. Thanks again for all your hard work Anandtech Crew! Reply

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