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System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $2500 Performance PC

Results: Productivity

A retest confirms that productivity applications, aside from the office-oriented Acrobat X, are the best place to demonstrate the performance benefits of Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology. That feature is not available on Intel's Core i5 CPUs. And last quarter's build also loses out on 2 MB of shared L3 cache as well.

3ds Max does such a great job utilizing the physical cores of these processors that there's little left idle for Hyper-Threading to exploit. Nevertheless, the Core i7 gets a quantifiable boost in this benchmark.

Blender, ABBYY FineReader, and Visual Studio take big advantage of the logical cores to keep all of the physical cores busy, all of the time.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.