We’ve adapted our Photoshop benchmark to the CS5 release, though the results of our threaded filter workload don’t change much. The test takes advantage of as many cores, as possible, which is why it isn't too surprising to see the K125 fall behind the pack.
WinRAR seems to be the one application in the suite that doesn't seem to respond as favorably to the dual-core Bobcat architecture. Intel holds a distinct advantage in this test.
Symantec's Norton lineup is all but ubiquitous, so we decided to have a go at the Internet Security suite. The results mirror those seen in the WinRAR benchmark, except that the K125 and D525 are jockeying for position. Despite the fact that this suite is threaded, the K125's architecture is favored more than Atom's dual cores.
We threw in Dragon NaturallySpeaking 2011 because it is a popular mainstream application. The Transcribe From Audio Recording function is partially multi-threaded but it is also sensitive to clock rate, which is why we see the K125 ahead of the ULV processors.
Overall, the E-350 is pretty competitive with the Core 2 Duo SU7300, which is where AMD is pegging the competition.