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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $2000 PC

Adobe Photoshop takes advantage of the previous build’s higher extra cores, putting the current build in second-place.

In the meantime, 3ds Max appears to prefer clock speed slightly more than core count, narrowing the difference between the former and current builds.

AVG’s anomalous performance is almost legendary at this site. We’d like to credit the new system’s faster drives for the win, but the benchmark difference is too small to represent the drives’ enormous performance disparity.

WinRAR prefers the current system’s higher overclock, while 7-Zip is better-optimized for the previous PC’s six-core processor.

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