Results: Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe After Effects is the only benchmark in our suite to benefit from more than 8 GB of RAM, and that's largely a function of how many threads each CPU can handle concurrently. The $2400 machine had 16 GB to split between four Hyper-Threaded cores. Comparing the 8 GB machines, we see how much further the Q3 build’s extra CPU frequency takes us.
The new build stumbles in Photoshop when we test using GPU-accelerated filters at baseline settings, but picks up ground when overclocked. The same tests show a preference for the $2400 machine’s Nvidia GPUs.
Last quarter's system took a bigger stumble at stock clocks in Premiere, where only its poor memory performance should have separated it from the $2400 machine’s identical frequencies. Overclocking naturally helps all three PCs.