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Benchmark Results: Adobe Creative Suite

System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: System Value Compared
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We know that After Effects is threaded to some degree. However, it also appears to depend on memory capacity and storage performance for optimal balance.

In our comparison, The $2,000 machine's four cores, 16 GB of RAM, and large SSD combine to serve up great results. Although it should do well in a well-threaded test, the $1,000 system's FX-8350 just cannot hang in comparison. Maybe it's the CPU. Maybe it's the 8 GB of memory. Or perhaps it's the small 60 GB SSD. Fortunately for Don, the $500 box is limited to a dual-core Pentium and a conventional disk drive, holding it back quite a bit.

The $1,000 and $2,000 machines are nearly tied in x86-based image editing. Meanwhile, the $500 and $1,000 builds are roughly matched when using OpenCL-based processing, a testament to its GCN-powered Radeon HD 7850 graphics card.

Lacking any sort of GPU acceleration (at least in the workload we're testing), Adobe Premier Pro performance scales similarly to Photoshop’s basic x86-based tests. The $500 PC actually falls farther behind, but only managing-editor Chris Angelini would know which disabled-feature is responsible for that deficit (Ed.: I'd call that a combination of processing cores and storage, more than likely).

Although we don't typically count it in our content creation tests, Acrobat X is part of Adobe's CS 6 Master Collection, so we're including it on this page.

Acrobat is single-threaded, though. The $500 machine fares pretty well given its Sandy Bridge architecture, even if the Pentium CPU only has two cores and doesn't push very high clock rates.

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