Time To Upgrade: Should You Dump Your 2007 PC?

Benchmark Results: Applications

Some applications show a significant performance advantage in favor of the 2010 system. You’ll save lots of time on the new machine when using threaded filters in Photoshop CS4. Compressing files into a Zip or RAR archive, or creating a PDF document using Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro takes one-third less time. Processing time for audio transcoding drops noticeably, and video transcoding doubles in speed.

Is this reason enough for an upgrade? That depends on how often you use compute-intensive workloads. The 2007 system will certainly still do a great job if you only need it occasionally, but power users will feel the performance benefit on the 2010 machine right away. In particular, those who make a living working on their system should consider a platform upgrade.