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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon: $1,250 Mid-Range PC
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Photoshop has shown itself to be heavily reliant on clock speed and nothing else. Let's see how these three competitors face off:

It's a little surprising after seeing the media encoding benchmarks that Photoshop CS3 doesn't much appreciate the optimizations in the new Core i7 CPU, displaying the same performance with the Q9550 even when overclocked. The higher-clocked E8500 takes the win by a notable margin.

3ds Max on the other hand shows us a strong multi-core rendering component, where the Q9550 easily trounces the E8500 when it comes to rendering performance. 3ds Max also likes the i7 optimizations just as much as some of the video-encoding benchmarks we've seen do.

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