Benchmark Results: Productivity
This isn’t even close. Because 3ds Max is optimized for multi-core processors, AMD's quad-core Phenom II makes quick work of Intel's dual-core CPU aided by Hyper-Threading.
You'll see this trend repeat over and over. In well-threaded apps, AMD has the advantage, while Intel's architecture has a harder time keeping up.
The Phenom II X4 also outpaces Intel’s similarly-priced Core i3 in Photoshop and ABBYY FineReader, both of which are similarly optimized to take advantage of cores working in parallel.
While the current AMD rig extends its productivity dominance a bit further in 7-Zip, the other file compression jobs are completed quicker by June’s Core i3-2100.