General Performance: SYSMark 2007

Our journey starts with SYSMark 2007, the only all-encompassing performance suite in our review today. The idea here is simple: one benchmark to indicate the overall performance of your machine. SYSMark 2007 ends up being more of a dual-core benchmark as the applications/workload show minimal use of more than two threads.

SYSMark 2007

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 Benchmark

Introduction Video Encoding Performance


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  • rfle500 - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - link

    I'm glad to see a compile test in the lineup. Can I ask - how did you choose number of threads for the test - was it the same for all (12) or based on number of physical, or hyperthreaded cores. In my experience, on AMD chips most compilations are faster with overloaded threads, say 2x number of physical cores - did you test this possibility? Reply
  • silverblue - Thursday, May 05, 2011 - link

    Some programs don't work well with non-power-of-2 architectures either, which would harm performance of the X3 and X6 processors (Windows Media Encoder 9), or even worse, cripple things completely (DivX or XviD on VirtualDub uses just one of an X3's cores, so you need to set the affinity to two cores). I suppose logically, overstressing a hyperthreaded CPU would mean that the its execution units are fully utilised and, as such, logical cores won't actually make any difference, so it would be in these situations where the X6 could perhaps close the gap a little. Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - link

    It also gives them an opportunity to remove millions of wasted cpu cycles. Reply
  • krumme - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - link

    Man this is some boring news. I would prefer to get some more inside or backgroud info from AMD, Intel or Arm country, even if it takes years compared to this. But i guess this is better business :) Reply
  • greenguy - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - link

    I keep checking here looking for the inevitable Llano review, but it's not here yet. How long do we have to wait? Reply
  • Action_Parsnip - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - link

    It appears you would like to marry Francois Piednoel? Reply
  • jabber - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - link

    Who is Francois Pedofile?

    Never heard of him.
  • 529th - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - link

    I don't see this mentioned in the review nor the benchmarks, someone correct me if I am wrong but when those benches are made, are they made with Turbo disabled? If not, I don't see it as a fair comparison if you are running stock speeds when comparing a 3.3Ghz i7 2500K vs a 3.33Ghz i7 975 You have games that make use of all cores, and some that use only a few.. so you may get a higher turbo on a Sandy Bridge chip. This is not exact science but making the GHz speed into an exact comparison without Turbo enabled gives a little more insight into the product..

    just sayin
  • PubFiction - Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - link

    This is just a final release to cap off Phenom 2 they know they were beat they are just giving a little speed boost to it for more value. If this was bulldozer then ya it would be bad but we already know what phenom 2 has to offer why is there so much discussion around a final revision chip. They are just throwing out what may be the most speed they can with that core until BD arrives. Reply
  • Casper42 - Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - link

    "AMD originally introduced the Phenom II architecture over two years ago to compete with Intel's Core 2 lineup. Intel has since been through one major microarchitecture revision (Sandy Bridge) and Phenom II is beginning to show its age."

    Am I missing something or just not counting properly.

    Phenom II introduced to compete with Core 2
    Intel then Introduces Nehalem/Westmere
    Intel then Introduces Sandy Bridge

    So wouldn't Intel have been through 2 major architecture revisions?

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