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Performance in Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 is a very popular application, which most of you use for 2D graphics editing, that is why we decided to pay special attention to the performance of our today’s testing participants in this application. We used PSBench test with 50MB image, which 7th version has become available for testing just recently.

Although SSE2 instructions support allow Athlon 64 FX-51 to work 14% faster than Athlon XP 3200+ in Photoshop, this improvement is too small to let it outperform a Pentium 4 based system. By the way, I found it very surprising that the L3 cache of the new Pentium 4 Extreme Edition processor doesn’t affect the results in this graphics application in any way.

Here are some more detailed results showing how well the CPUs tested coped with different Photoshop 7.01 filters. The values indicate time in seconds spent on each filter:

 

Pentium 4 3.2

Pentium 4 3.2 EE (2MB L3)

Athlon XP 3200+

Athlon 64 FX-51

Rotate 90

0.1

0.1

0.2

0.1

Rotate 9

2.3

2.4

2.5

1.9

Rotate .9

2.2

2.2

2.3

1.8

Gaussian Blur 1

0.6

0.6

0.7

0.6

Gaussian Blur 3.7

1.6

1.6

2.6

1.7

Gaussian Blur 85

1.8

1.9

3

1.9

Unsharp 50/1/0

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.7

Unsharp 50/3.7/0

1.8

1.8

2.7

1.8

Unsharp 50/10/5

1.8

1.8

2.8

1.8

Despeckle

2.1

2.1

2.5

2.4

RGB-CMYK

6.9

6.9

7.8

6

Reduce Size 60%

0.8

0.8

1.1

0.9

Lens Flare

2.2

2.3

3.7

3.5

Color Halftone

1.9

1.9

2.6

2.1

NTSC Colors

1.8

1.8

1.7

1.5

Accented Edges

9.9

9.8

9.8

9.4

Pointillize

11.3

11.4

17.3

16.9

Water Color

24

24

21.2

20.1

Polar Coordinates

5.5

5.5

7.7

6.6

Radial Blur

30.9

30.9

41.3

32.8

Lighting Effects

1.6

1.6

1.9

1.7

 
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