We tested the general performance in office and digital content creation applications with the help of SYSMark 2004 SE benchmarking suite, which also uses multi-threading very actively.
In digital content creation tasks Core Duo T2600 performs very well. Its results are 5% higher than those of Pentium D 960 and it falls only 1.5% behind the leader – AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+.
Unfortunately, we don’t see anything like that in typical office applications. Core Duo T2600 is an outsider here. It loses to both: Pentium D 960 as well as Athlon 64 X2 4800+.
Audio and Video Encoding
Audio and video encoding tasks are far from the strengths of the mobile Core Duo processor. It was defeated by the desktop products during encoding of all types that we used in this test session. Its slow results in applications of this type are determined by slow processing of FPU and SSE instructions that are actively used for streaming operations on multimedia data.