Our Photoshop workload is heavily threaded, so it's really no surprise that the time it takes to complete this workload is slashed by this quarter's Core i5.
We actually run a couple of different tests in Photoshop, though. The second one should see significant speed-up from OpenCL acceleration, and involves a completely different workload. Clearly, overclocking helps our $600 machine shed some time from its score.
It's possible that OpenCL wasn't turned on last quarter, but at least we have a good point of comparison as we start thinking about next quarter's hardware wish lists.
Premiere Pro CS6 enjoys a massive performance boost from the Core i5's additional processing resources.
Acrobat X, another single-threaded test in our suite, doesn't see as much of a speed-up due to our adoption of a quad-core CPU.
Meanwhile, After Effects falls in the middle. We know it's threaded, but is likely being held back somewhat by our relatively small 4 GB memory kit.
- Gunning For Gold At $600
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Gaming Performance Summary
- Did We Accomplish Our Mission?