As you already know, we run two scripted Photoshop benchmarks: one that is threaded and runs on our CPUs and another that leverages OpenCL acceleration to tax our graphics cards. They're completely different workloads, which is why performance varies so much.
In the CPU-oriented test, last quarter's FX comes out ahead at stock clock rates. Then, both processors tie when we overclock. The OpenCL-based benchmark shows a huge advantage favoring AMD's Radeon HD 7870 over the GeForce GTX 670.
Meanwhile, we know that Adobe's Acrobat X is single-threaded. Naturally, then, our PDF document creation workload favors the Core i5 stock and overclocked.
Premiere Pro's media encoder is threaded, and our results from that benchmark consequently look a lot like the other content creation apps we've already tested.
After Effects has always seemed very sensitive to memory allocation, and AMD's ability to operate on eight threads in parallel might actually be hurting it in our AE benchmark. The Intel platform gets more memory per core, and consequently turns in notably better scores at stock and overclocked settings.
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- Video Card, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
- System Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Media Encoding
- Results: Rendering And Productivity
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Compression Tools
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- Power And Temperature
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