Some applications show a significant performance advantage in favor of the 2010 system. You’ll save lots of time on the new machine when using threaded filters in Photoshop CS4. Compressing files into a Zip or RAR archive, or creating a PDF document using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro takes one-third less time. Processing time for audio transcoding drops noticeably, and video transcoding doubles in speed.
Is this reason enough for an upgrade? That depends on how often you use compute-intensive workloads. The 2007 system will certainly still do a great job if you only need it occasionally, but power users will feel the performance benefit on the 2010 machine right away. In particular, those who make a living working on their system should consider a platform upgrade.
- Old Vs. New: Powerful Systems From 2007 And 2010 Compared
- The 2007 System: Intel P35 Express
- 2007 Components: Core 2 QX6700, GeForce 8800GTS, WD Raptor
- The 2010 System: Intel P55 Express
- 2010 Components: Core i7-870, Radeon HD 5870, G.Skill Phoenix SSD
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Gaming
- Benchmark Results: Applications
- Benchmark Results: Power Consumption
- Benchmark Results: Efficiency