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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, June 2010: System Value Compared

Previously noticed in three of our encoding applications, Intel's Core i7 outperforms in Photoshop and 3ds Max.

Both apps employ threaded tests, and the fact that Hyper-Threading allows the Core i7 to operate on eight threads at a time likely contributes to the chip's dominance here.

Who could possibly interpret these AVG results? The $2,000 PC continues its win, but we’ve no consistent observations to determine how or why.

WinRAR and 7-Zip both love clock speed. Both compression applications also appear to prefer Core i7 architecture, which is present only in our $2,000 build.

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