Photoshop actually runs faster on Intel Macs running Windows XP than on PCs, a report claims.

While Photoshop on Mac OS at present suffers from performance anxiety, as the software isn't optimised to run on an Intel chip on a Mac system, the story isn't the same when you run Windows XP on the Mac's Intel processor.

A report on CNet states: "With Windows XP Pro running on a 2.0GHz iMac Core Duo, we ran our Photoshop test in less than half the time it took with the same system running OS X 10.4.5: 2 minutes 49 seconds versus 6 minutes 30 seconds to be exact."

The report adds that an Intel iMac beat Pentium D PCs from Dell and Gateway when running Photoshop on XP.