Testing – Real World
Over the past few months I have decided that I would like to do some “real-world” benchmarking. Artificial benchmarks do have their place, comparing one rig with another or showing performance gains from overclocking or changing components. But they really don’t show what kind of performance someone can see when doing daily tasks, such as creating DVDs or using PhotoShop.
For PhotoShop benchmarking, I used DriverHeaven.net’s PhotoShop Bench v3.0. This benchmark takes a .jpg and performs various filter operations. There are 15 steps to the benchmark, since many of them takes only a second or two, I used some of the more complicated ones that take longer, so that the time differences are more noticeable.
For video encryption, I used Windows Movie Maker. I took a 1.5 gig .mpg and “Published Movie” to a WMV format.