Benchmark Results: Productivity
Photoshop appears to have a stronger preference for Intel hardware than our previous high-end applications, as the overclocked $500 system’s triple-core processor barely edges past the stock-clocked $1000 machine’s dual-core. Naturally, our quad-core configuration is able to secure a commanding lead in this benchmark.
The $2000 machine retains its huge performance lead throughout 3ds Max, while the $500 machine’s triple-core AMD CPU continues its struggle against the $1000 machine’s dual-core.
AVG Antivirus has never shown scaling to be consistent with any specific hardware improvements. In this case, it appears to be poorly threaded, allowing the $1000 machine to nearly match the $2000 build.
Both WinRAR and 7-Zip show the quad-core $2000 machine much love, while the $1000 gets caught loitering in the $500 machine’s yard.