We have already mentioned several times before that AMD processors do not do final rendering very fast, especially in a popular 3ds max suite. Things haven’t got any better with the launch of the new 45nm AMD solutions. The top CPU announced today, Phenom II X2 550, can only boast reaching the performance level of the budget Intel Pentium E5400 model. As for the Athlon II X2 250, we would prefer not to say anything at all at this point. So, it looks like only triple-core AMD CPUs can actually compete against Core 2 Duo in this type of tasks.
Although Folding@Home is also one of the computational tasks, new dual-core AMD processors do a little better here. Athlon II X2 250 runs as fast as Pentium E5400, while Phenom II X2 550 catches up with Core 2 Duo E7400.
Unfortunately, new dual-core AMD CPUs still run very slow during mathematical calculations in Microsoft Excel. Just like in 3ds max, only triple-core Phenom II X3 can be considered a worthy alternative to Intel dual-core choices.
Things are also not quite rosy in Adobe Photoshop. As you can see from the results charts, new dual-core Phenom II X2 and Athlon II X2 processors not always solve the performance issues for AMD in the mainstream segment. There are quite a few popular applications where AMD solutions still yield significantly to Intel CPUs, which comes from the bottlenecks of the K10 (Stars) microarchitecture. It is especially frustrating that there is no hope for things to get better any time soon.
However, new 45nm processors can boast high performance during data compression by archiving tools. The results of WinRAR test are a perfect illustration for that. Even Athlon II X2 250 outperforms Core 2 Duo processors from the E7000 series. Phenom II X2 550 runs another 11% faster that its younger brother.