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Results: Adobe Creative Suite

System Builder Marathon, Q2 2014: Our Enthusiast PC

We run two scripted Photoshop benchmarks: one that is threaded and fully taxes our CPUs, and another that leverages OpenCL acceleration to offload work to our graphics cards.

The Radeon R9 290 loses to the stock GeForce GTX 780 Ti, but catches up once I overclock it. As far as the CPU-centric metric goes, the workload naturally finishes faster on the Core i7-4770K, which works on eight threads concurrently, features more shared L3 cache, and operates at higher clock rates.

CPU and memory performance are critical variables in the rest of these tests, which do not leverage the heterogeneous nature of OpenCL. The Acrobat benchmark is single-threaded and, like iTunes and LAME, is affected primarily by clock rate. After Effects CC is as well. Similar to Photoshop, Premiere Pro is optimized for multi-core CPUs and benefits from Hyper-Threading.

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