Benchmark Results: Productivity
3D Studio Max was one of the first benchmarks to prove the full worth of quad-core processing, but it also appears to get at least some benefit from the new Core i7 architecture as well.
Photoshop CS3 isn’t optimized for modern quad-cores, which is why we’re anxious to see our benchmark team produce a script for CS4.
AVG 8 and WinRAR performance scales upward with both increased processing cores and increased clock speed, making only the $625 system appear slow.
Minimal performance differences between drastically different hardware configurations point to Winzip as a single-threaded application.