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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: System Value Compared

The $2000 machine’s builder loves this most recent version of Adobe Photoshop simply because it puts his poorly-overclocked machine in a good light. The performance gain doesn’t justify the cost, but it’s still a win by the more expensive machine.

Meanwhile, the $500 PC continues its value push by performing nearly half as well at just over one-quarter the cost.

The overclocked $1000 machine catches its $2000 rival in WinZip, yet with peculiar 7-Zip results. The $500 machine's low price continues to offset its poorer performance.

ABBYY FineReader appears to benefit from the high-priced machine’s Hyper-Threading capability. Of course, part of that performance difference could be due to the machine’s faster SSD.

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