Incredible speed in our Photoshop CS4 benchmark again makes us curious about how the less-expensive builds will compare. Overclocking provided a laudable 53% performance boost, since our benchmark employs threaded filters.
3ds Max renders a single 1080p animation frame in 21 seconds, which seems a little slow since we’ve been doing the same test in less than 30 seconds for two years.
Antivirus programs have a great excuse for not speeding up in spite of faster hardware--the newer versions have expanded definitions that require a greater number of clock cycles to complete. With that in mind, we can only look forward to our three-way comparison to see how our most expensive build compares to “economically responsible” boxes.
Once again, the performance advantage of popular freeware becomes clear, as 7-Zip allows us to “zip” files almost as fast as we can “rar” them. This is a new test for a program we’ve rarely used before, but comparisons with other products should prove interesting.
- Finally, A Forward-Looking Build
- Motherboard And CPU
- Graphics And RAM
- Cooling And Case
- Hard Drives And Accessories
- Optical Drive And Power Supply
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: CoD:MW2 And Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2 And Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency