Standardized benchmarking like this was discussed in the Establishing Standard Benchmarks thread, this however is a Photoshop specific test where as benchmarks discussed in that thread was for lots of different applications. This speed test is in the form of an action and test image for photoshop and will perform a series of tests to determine how fast your system can perform them, the test must be done with the included image to insure uniformity. This test has been tested by professional photographers, photoshop professionals and lowly retouch artists! and all are in agreement that this test represents a large amount of the people that use photoshop, although the action could obviously not cater for every element otherwise it would be far to complex for slower systems. you can download the retouchartists.com speed test from Here Thanks to MacRumors for being part of this test. Edit Please post system specs and software version detail in the thread (rather than "see in sig") so that people know what the system was even when you change your signature. Thanks.