Benchmark Results: Productivity
Regardless of whether your system serves as a desktop workstation or kitchen kiosk, you want to run regular anti-virus scans to make sure it’s still healthy. In this scan of a 334 MB folder of files, the Ion takes more than twice as long to complete the job. That’s significant because AVG takes advantage of both cores plus Hyper-Threading, yet the dual-core Athlon still comes out on top.
WinZip 12 isn’t able to take advantage of multiple threads, so the Athlon’s dominance here isn’t a surprise.
WinRAR, on the other hand, is able to utilize Hyper-Threading and, as a result, turns back a slightly better performance versus the Athlon than what we saw in WinZip.