We run two scripted Photoshop benchmarks: one that is threaded and runs on our CPUs and another that leverages OpenCL acceleration to tax our graphics cards. They're completely different workloads, which is why performance varies so much.
It's pretty surprising how much faster the previous system's $250 Tahiti-powered Radeon HD 7870 is compared to the GeForce GTX 680 when it comes to OpenCL acceleration. Then again, it's a well-known fact that Nvidia didn't design GK104 with compute in mind, so unfortunately that's the sort of behavior you can expect from it in GPGPU-accelerated applications.
The rest of Adobe's suite runs without aid from our graphics cards. As a result, there's little to differentiate the two platforms we're comparing.
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