Certain Adobe Photoshop filters are very well-threaded, which helps our six-core processor secure a commanding victory in our scripted test. Updates made to Ivy Bridge cannot help last quarter's machine come close to compensating for the architecture's lower number of cores.
3ds Max, which we know is also optimized for multi-core hardware, also hands the win over to Sandy Bridge-E, though by a smaller margin.
WinZip sees the least benefit from our new system’s extra cores (at least the version we're testing here). Meanwhile, the open-source 7-Zip suite appears best-optimized of the three, though the new system still gains fairly little.
Though not as well-optimized as Photoshop, ABBYY's FineReader enjoys at least some advantage from the extra processing cores available to it in this month's enthusiast build.
- Finding Value In Higher Quality
- CPU, Cooler, And Memory
- Graphics, Motherboard, And Power Supply
- Case And Drives
- Assembling Our $2000 Performance PC
- Getting Our Core i7-3930K To 4.6 GHz
- Pushing GeForce GTX 670 To Its Limit
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3 And DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Sometimes, Lower Value Is OK