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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $500 Gaming PC

Stock or overclocked, the current quad-core configuration smokes December’s triple-core processor in our 3ds Max rendering benchmark.

Three high-clocked Propus cores hang close in 7-Zip, but are completely outclassed by the quad-core Deneb CPU in WinRAR compression. WinRAR is one application known to benefit from the Phenom II’s L3 cache.

Photoshop also rewards us for a smart CPU upgrade, making it a clean sweep in favor of the current PC in our productivity suite.

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