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Intel Core i7 970 CPU Review

When I was in charge of DriverHeaven I wrote a scripted benchmark which was not only used to help users ascertain system specific performance levels but was useful in reviews to accurately measure performance in key areas. Leading tech sites such as Madshrimps, Hardware Canucks, Benchmark Reviews and Hardocp used my benchmark in their reviews also.

This version of the script has been thoroughly tested on Adobe Photoshop CS5 and CS4 and is compatible with Photoshop 7. It is important to document however that different versions of Photoshop give different end results. Adobe have been fine tuning the program over the years and enhancing specific filters and algorithms for better performance (some filters were rewritten during the CS2 time period). This means ultimately that comparing times with users running other versions of Photoshop is not going to give consistent results. Please be aware that lower times are obviously better with this benchmark.

KitGuru PS Bench 1(4)
Intel 980x 4.48ghz
Intel 970 4.18ghz
AMD 1055T 4.4ghz
1. Texturiser (1)
1.7
1.8
2.1
2. CMYK
1.6
1.7
1.8
3. RGB
1.4
1.4
1.5
4. Ink outlines
26.9
27.1
27.8
5. Dust & Stratches
2.5
2.7
2.8
6. Watercolor
24.7
24.9
25.1
7. Texturiser (2)
1.8
1.9
2.1
8. Stained Glass
22.2
22.8
23.1
9. Mosiac Tiles
12.4
12.6
12.9
10. Extrude
147.8
148.5
156.5
11. Rough Pastels
11.2
11.4
11.7
12. Smart Blur
92.5
92.8
94.5
13. Underpainting
32.3
32.5
33.9
14. Mosiac Tiles
12.6
12.9
13.6
15. Spherize
2.6
2.8
3.1
16. Palette Knife
22.1
22.5
23.1
17. Sponge
39.3
39.5
41.3
18. Smudge Stick
12.4
12.5
13.2
Total:
468
472.3
490.1

All three highly overclocked CPU’s deliver a fantastic Photoshop experience with the overclocked 980x putting in the fastest result yet at 468 seconds. The 1055T at 4.4ghz is no slouch mind you, breaking the 500 second barrier – another brilliant result for AMD.

It is worth mentioning that Adobe have still not written code which accesses all CPU cores and threads, tending to favour clock speed and core efficiency.

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