System Builder Marathon, March 2010: System Value Compared

Benchmark Results: Productivity

Photoshop loves Core i7 processors, but enabling the fourth core on the $750 machine’s triple-core CPU still provides a big boost for lower-budget buyers.

Intel’s high performance continues to compliment its high price, but the overclocked and core-unlocked AMD processor isn’t too far behind.

There’s no apparent logic to AVG 9 performance, and we’re looking forward to replacing it.

CPU overclocking appears to benefit 7-Zip more than WinRAR, to the point that the overclocked $750 system catches up to the stock-speed $1,500 PC. However, Intel’s clock-for-clock superiority does come at a price, as Core i7 processors would only fit the budgets of the expensive machines.

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