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System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: System Value Compared

Results: Productivity

One of the few applications that benefits from the $1,000 PC’s better RAM settings and faster SSD, 3ds Max resurrects that machine’s position in the value race. Conversely, Blender shows little difference between two systems that have the same CPU.

Hammering the value drum a little louder, the $600 machine shows that its price advantage just might be a little greater than its performance disadvantage.

Like 3ds Max, Microsoft Visual Studio gets a noticeable performance bump from the $1,000 PC’s memory optimizations and its faster system drive.