Benchmark Results: Productivity
Even the CS4 version of Photoshop appears to be limited to six or fewer threads, since disabling HT has no noticeable impact on the 5 GHz configuration’s performance leadership.
One of the first programs we saw to take advantage of four CPU threads, 3ds Max doesn’t appear to use more than six. Our 5 GHz configuration holds its lead at 47% over stock.
AVG benchmark doesn’t work right in Windows 7, and we still haven’t figured out why. At least the 1% difference pointed in the expected direction.
The 5 GHz machine’s performance gain drops to “only” 32% in file compression.