Results: File Compression
My $2400 PC features more aggressive DRAM settings and a significantly faster SSD compared to the $1600 PC, and either of those traits could explain its better showing in 7-Zip. Combine those traits and, as the builder of the $2400 machine, I’m a happy camper.
The $750 PC has a slower mechanical hard drive, a lower CPU frequency, and half as many CPU cores.
WinRAR appears primarily CPU-restricted, but at least one of our WinZip compression methods is boosted by graphics power. The baseline $1600 machine actually catches its expensive combatant in WinZip’s CPU-optimized workload, though that’s something we expected its identical CPU to do in nearly every benchmark.