Benchmark Results: Productivity
The $2000 machine’s builder loves this most recent version of Adobe Photoshop simply because it puts his poorly-overclocked machine in a good light. The performance gain doesn’t justify the cost, but it’s still a win by the more expensive machine.
Meanwhile, the $500 PC continues its value push by performing nearly half as well at just over one-quarter the cost.
The overclocked $1000 machine catches its $2000 rival in WinZip, yet with peculiar 7-Zip results. The $500 machine's low price continues to offset its poorer performance.
ABBYY FineReader appears to benefit from the high-priced machine’s Hyper-Threading capability. Of course, part of that performance difference could be due to the machine’s faster SSD.
Oh: Wait …
Also, as a result, more emphasis should be placed on the storage sub system. I know these are gaming configurations, but I'd give up my GPU in a nanosecond if it meant I could keep my SSDs. Fortunately, I don't have to choose, but I would if I had too, and I'm not alone out there. Budget systems don't feel so budget-y with even a modest SSD.
Yeah, good luck fitting an SSD into a $500 gaming build.
there have been 64GB Vertex Crucial drives on sale for < 79$. Which isn't bad.
That's why I think the $500 system should be closer to $600, maybe like $550. 30GB Agility drives were going for $40 yesterday at the Egg, so its not like you have to spend $300 to get a tangible benefit. That one addition would have contributed a significant performance benefit and the budget category used to be $650 anyway.
maybe also include windows boot time.