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System Builder Marathon, Q3 2013: $350 Bonus Entry-Level PC

Results: Productivity

Threaded productivity workloads are where our quad-core Trinity APU performs the best. The stock $350 PC finishes about 38% quicker than last quarter's Intel-based machine in 3ds Max 2012. The margin of victory increases to a whopping 71% in ABBYY FineReader. What's more, the auto-overclock feature of our current build's motherboard, which simply raises the reference clock by 5%, increases the machine’s lead between 5-11% in these workloads.