Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Lest we forget this is a competition, I previously mentioned that my only hope to win was that Don might have configured his $1600 platform incorrectly, since both of our boxes lean on the same CPU.
Although it appears that Adobe After Effects is pointing to a problem with his box, I think the issue is actually something outside of Don's control. Our After Effects workload is sensitive to available memory per logical thread. Because we're using the same CPU and I have twice as much RAM, I'm seeing a tremendous performance advance.
Don has another potential issue in Acrobat 11; his Core i7-4770K-equipped platform should be spinning up to 3.9 GHz in a single-threaded workload. But he loses to Paul's 3.4 GHz part at stock settings. Could it be this is another memory bandwidth-sensitive metric?