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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, May '09: $1,300 Enthusiast PC

In the past, 3ds Max has sometimes shown us inexplicably large performance increases when systems were overclocked. This isn’t the case today, with a 26% speed increase that falls right in line with the media encoding applications we’ve tested so far.

AVG demonstrates a surprisingly low 3% performance increase when the system is overclocked.

WinRAR delivers a solid 31% performance increase with the higher clock speed.

WinZip is showing us a 25% increase in performance with the over-clock, which is par for the course.

At this point, we can safely assume the 2.66 GHz to 3.44 GHz Core i7 920 overclock will provide about a 25% performance increase in the average application, with a few exceptions.

Now, we can get to the heart of things: game benchmarks. This is what a portable LAN-party-sized system is made for in the first place, and is unfortunately where the CPU overclock will likely deliver diminishing gains as the resolution is raised and the graphics cards become the bottleneck.

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