Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Although the previous page appeared to favor Intel's architectures, its chart scaling was relatively linear. It seems like Adobe's After Effects might be similarly slanted. However, we have another explanation, based on previous experience. After Effects appears to penalize lots of cores and not enough memory, perhaps due to an allocation issue. By pairing six cores to 8 GB of RAM, performance really suffers. Meanwhile, my six-core machine with 16 GB of memory is afforded an opportunity to shine.
OpenCL-optimized filters appear to favor Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 770 over the GTX 760 found in both the $2550 and $650 machines. The program doesn’t appear to benefit from the expensive machine’s SLI array, but the combination of a lower-model GPU and a cheap CPU spell trouble for the $650 build.
Adobe Premiere rewards the $1300 PC’s newer architecture, but the $2550 PC’s extra cores still give it a slight advantage.
That doesn’t apply to Acrobat, which is single-threaded and consequently likes running on Haswell better than Sandy Bridge-E or Vishera.