Other Popular Applications
For this part of our test session we picked a few applications that may become quite common for contemporary notebooks these days.
Although the performance during data compression depends a lot on the memory subsystem, WinRAR archiving utility doesn’t reveal any significant difference between the two CPUs. The advanced data prefetch algorithms of the Merom processor may have turned out not effective enough for this particular type of work.
Adobe Photoshop, on the contrary, works faster with Core 2 Duo processor ensuring about 12% performance improvement.
The advantages of the new CPU with Core microarchitecture are even more impressive in Adobe Premiere Pro application for non-linear video editing. The notebook with the newer processor proves 15% faster than the rival. Of course, it is the fast SSE unit that ensures the victory of Core 2 Duo in the last two applications.
Core 2 Duo is faster than the predecessor in 3ds max, too. In viewports the performance difference is not as dramatic, however, during final rendering Merom gets far ahead.