Since it is extremely interesting to compare the performance of the new Socket AM2 platform against the desktop CPUs supporting DDR SDRAM, we decided to add a few more widely spread programs to our list of tests.
The 7-zip archiving tool that supports multi-threading quite efficiently we measured the data compression and decompression speeds.
Optical text recognition speed was measured with the popular ABBYY Finereader 8.0 suite.
We have also tested our platforms in a popular computer algebra tool aka Mathematica. The new version of this application can now take advantage of the potential offered by multi-core processors.