Page 1:Gunning For Gold At $600
Page 2:CPU And Cooler
Page 3:Motherboard And Memory
Page 4:Graphics Card And Hard Drive
Page 5:Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
Page 6:Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
Page 8:Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
Page 9:Results: Synthetics
Page 10:Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 11:Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
Page 12:Results: Audio And Video
Page 13:Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Page 14:Results: Productivity
Page 15:Results: Compression
Page 16:Power Consumption And Temperatures
Page 17:Gaming Performance Summary
Page 18:Did We Accomplish Our Mission?
Results: Adobe Creative Suite
Our Photoshop workload is heavily threaded, so it's really no surprise that the time it takes to complete this workload is slashed by this quarter's Core i5.
We actually run a couple of different tests in Photoshop, though. The second one should see significant speed-up from OpenCL acceleration, and involves a completely different workload. Clearly, overclocking helps our $600 machine shed some time from its score.
It's possible that OpenCL wasn't turned on last quarter, but at least we have a good point of comparison as we start thinking about next quarter's hardware wish lists.
Premiere Pro CS6 enjoys a massive performance boost from the Core i5's additional processing resources.
Acrobat X, another single-threaded test in our suite, doesn't see as much of a speed-up due to our adoption of a quad-core CPU.
Meanwhile, After Effects falls in the middle. We know it's threaded, but is likely being held back somewhat by our relatively small 4 GB memory kit.
- Gunning For Gold At $600
- CPU And Cooler
- Motherboard And Memory
- Graphics Card And Hard Drive
- Case, Power Supply, And Optical Drive
- Assembling Our Budget-Oriented Box
- Test System Configuration And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: Compression
- Power Consumption And Temperatures
- Gaming Performance Summary
- Did We Accomplish Our Mission?