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System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: System Value Compared

Results: File Compression

As with most of our productivity applications, 7-Zip gets a huge boost from the $2500 PC’s Hyper-Threading capability. WinRAR shows a slighter preference, and WinZip follows in its CPU-only compression setting.

Performance is still disproportionate to price for all three systems, making Paul's $650 machine appear a top value, even if it's also the slowest contender.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.