Audio and Video Encoding
During audio and video encoding with major codecs CPUs on Core micro-architecture prove fast enough to outpace K8 based CPUs from AMD price similarly. Note that even Pentium D processors on NetBurst micro-architecture can boast pretty decent performance level (in relation to their price point). As we remember, this micro-architecture was optimized specifically for work with streaming data.
Besides our standard Adobe Photoshop CS3 test session we have also checked the performance of our testing participants in Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery that was used to prepare a digital photo gallery for printing.
The performance results during image editing are not surprising. Core micro-architecture allows Core 2 Duo CPUs to easily outperform Athlon 64 X2, which can only compete with Intel Pentium D in this test.