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System Builder Marathon, Q4 2013: A $2400 PC That Costs $2700

In contrast, our compression-based benchmarks tend not to scale quite as well based on available host processing resources. You typically get small increases in 7-Zip from a six-core CPU, but the other two titles don't benefit as much. We are using an older version of WinZip though, and our latest version of this benchmark (with WinZip 18 Pro) is more responsive.

But because both of these are systems with six IA cores, it's a little surprising that the newer machine scales better in 7-Zip compared to WinRAR. The gains could be coming from changes made to the Ivy Bridge architecture or better memory. I benefit either way.

Our OpenCL- and CPU-based WinZip benchmarks don’t benefit from the new machine’s advanced hardware, handicapping its higher clocks. It's only when we run the most intensive EZ script that I get the advantage I was looking for.

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