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WorldBench's overall score is a pretty decent indication of general-use performance for desktop computers. This benchmark uses scripting to step through a series of tasks in common Windows applications and then produces an overall score for comparison. WorldBench also records individual results for its component application tests, allowing us to compare performance in each. We'll look at the overall score, and then we'll show individual application results alongside the results from some of our own application tests.

Here's a nice indication that the Core i7 offers a fairly general increase in performance. The 965 Extreme beats out the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 by 13 points in WorldBench's overall index, which is a formidable margin. We'll look at the individual results in the next few pages to see how the Core i7 did it.

Productivity and general use software

MS Office productivity

Firefox web browsing

Multitasking - Firefox and Windows Media Encoder

WinZip file compression

Nero CD authoring

Two of WorldBench's tests above, MS Office and the Firefox/Windows Media Encoder combo, are noteworthy because they test a user multitasking scenario, during which multiple applications are running concurrently. In both cases, the Core i7 processors are among the fastest.

Meanwhile, the Nero test leans heavily on the disk controller, and you can see the distinct separation between the different chipsets we used.