Since it is extremely interesting to compare the performance of the Core Duo processor against the desktop CPUs, we decided to add a few more widely spread programs to our list of tests.
The 7-zip archiving tool that supports multi-threading quite efficiently we measured the data compression and decompression speeds.
Core Duo cannot boast high results here. We were especially upset about the low data compression speed, where our hero fell far behind the competitors.
Optical text recognition speed was measured with the popular ABBYY Finereader 8.0 suite.
In this application Core Duo surprised us with its superior performance having finished the task sooner than Pentium D 960 and Athlon 64 X2 4800+.
We have also tested our platforms in a popular computer algebra tool aka Mathematica. The new version of this application can now take advantage of the potential offered by multi-core processors.
Core Duo T2600 outperforms Athlon 64 X2 4800+ but falls far behind Pentium D 960 in this task.