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System Builder Marathon Q3 2014: Budget Gaming PC

Results: Adobe Creative Suite

Clock for clock, we again see the new machine’s unlocked Pentium holding its own in CPU-intensive parallelized tasks like Adobe Premiere Pro and our threaded Photoshop test.

Granted, last quarter’s rig appears surprisingly slow in the OpenCL-enabled workload, especially considering both machines basically rely on Pitcairn/Curacao-based Radeons and the Catalyst 14.4 driver package.

The new machine regains a clear advantage in the more lightly-threaded After Effects and Acrobat workloads.