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Results: Rendering And Productivity

System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $800 Enthusiast PC

As with our video transcoding tests, rendering software is notorious for exploiting the benefits of multi-core processors. Thus, it comes as no surprise to see  taking advantage of multiple threads, so it comes as no surprise that 3ds Max and Blender perform very well on AMD's four-module FX flagship. Once again, though, Intel's overclocked Core i5 catches up.

Likewise, ABBYY FineReader and Visual Studio 2010 make effective use of multiple cores. And as before, the Core i5 trails AMD's FX at stock clock rates, and passes it once we factor in overclocking.

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