Performance in Applications
To estimate the systems performance during data archiving we used a popular WinRAR 3.9 tool with maximum compression setting. Archiving speed turned out dependent on the processor cache memory size in the first place. Also note that single-core CPUs do not look too bad in this test at all.
Processor performance during Dr.Web antivirus check suddenly revealed that this application also works only in single-thread mode. As for the actual CPU performance, processors with larger cache memory again showed better results. By the way, we have already pointed out many times that this parameter is extremely important especially for office applications.
Adobe Photoshop CS4 graphics editor runs faster in systems built around Intel processors. Even the old dual-core Celeron E1600 copes with our test script faster than Athlon II X2 240.
AMD processors can’t boast any superiority during audio conversion into mp3 format using iTunes utility.
However, CPUs from different manufacturers achieve certain parity during video transcoding in Cyberlink MediaShow5. In this test we transcoded an HD video movie trailer in H264 format for Apple iPod/iPhone. However, the result will be pretty much the same during other types of transcoding, too.
It appears that in this case none of the specific platforms can claim the leadership. The only thing you should keep in mind is that most applications utilizing the CPU more or less seriously are already ready to take advantage of multiple CPU cores. Since both CPU makers have value dual-core solutions in the considered price range, we would strongly recommend equipping low-cost systems with these particular solutions.