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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, Sept. '09: AMD System Value Compared
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Photoshop CS4 is fairly well-optimized for quad-core CPUs, providing proof-of-concept for anyone who prefers to buy at least a mid-priced machine. The relatively small performance difference between $1,250 and $2,500 machines will definitely skew the value scale.

Though the test time is much shorter, 3ds Max shows a very similar performance scale to the one seen in Photoshop, again putting some value into the $1,250 build’s quad-core processor.

AVG virus scans show remarkably close performance between the two top builds, while the cheaper machine falls far behind.

Both WinZip and WinRAR put big value on the $650 machine’s low-cost dual-core.

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