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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: $400 Gaming PC

The two stock systems finish rendering in just under a minute.

While overclocking the June PC reduces this time by 10 seconds, the lower-voltage four-core overclock applied to our $400 PC laps off a more impressive 18 seconds.

As we have come to expect, forget overclocking. Reducing scan times in AVG demands additional processing cores.

The two budget builds are close in WinRAR compression. But ultimately, the $400 machine's extra core captures a slight victory.

7-Zip clearly showing benefits from both additional processing cores and core speed.

Strike up two more wins for the $400 PC in what could almost look to be a copy of the 7-Zip bar chart. Overclocking helps, but unlocking provides the larger gains by comparison.

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