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picCOLOR was created by Dr. Reinert H. G. Müller of the FIBUS Institute. This isn't Photoshop; picCOLOR's image analysis capabilities can be used for scientific applications like particle flow analysis. Dr. Müller has supplied us with new revisions of his program for some time now, all the while optimizing picCOLOR for new advances in CPU technology, including MMX, SSE2, and Hyper-Threading. Naturally, he's ported picCOLOR to 64 bits, so we can test performance with the x86-64 ISA. Eight of the 12 functions in the test are multithreaded.

Scores in picCOLOR, by the way, are indexed against a single-processor Pentium III 1GHz system, so that a score of 4.14 works out to 4.14 times the performance of the reference machine.

The Opteron 180's performance is uniformly excellent in our image processing tests. As for the 165, well, it depends on what you want to do. The Pentium D 930 edges past it in WorldBench's ACDSee test, but not in Photoshop. picCOLOR performance is very close between the Opteron 165 and the Pentium D 930, but the Athlon 64 X2 3800+ steps ahead of them both.