Benchmark Results: Productivity
Performance in productivity applications increases across the board, again average a roughly 24% boost. Photoshop, FineReader, and our file compression workloads improve 25%, 27%, and 26% respectively, while 3ds Max rendering is now 17% faster.
Although we welcome the speed-up, there is little reason to celebrate. Neither dual-core machine delivers impressive performance in our threaded metrics. Putting things into perspective, Thomas Soderstrom’s last $2000 build, overclocked, was able to complete all seven of these tests in a little over eight minutes. That's slightly faster than last quarter's configuration took to finish our 3ds Max benchmark alone.
Ever since I read the 7950B/7970GE review on here/anand performance per watt for me has been a priority when selecting components.
On the contrary, for a 500$ build, energy consumption and heat should be least concerns. Tweaking, overclocking and extracting the last possible performance from your hardware are the primary concerns of a 500$ gaming build. Even after HEAVY overclocking, you wont get 50W over the stock settings.
One may presume that someone after a $500 build is on a budget and hence doesn't want higher power consumption from overclocking.
Overclocking is good for performance per dollar, not performance per watt.
Why not substitute some existing parts for either an I3-2100 and/or an eVGA 560 Superclocked?