Results: Adobe Creative Cloud
Paul’s $600 PC performs half as well as my $1600 PC in After Effects, again proving itself to be a value leader. Don’s marginally-cheaper $1300 machine is also a little bit slower.
Photoshop’s OpenCL-based filters prefer Nvidia architecture, handing a rare lead to the $1300 PC’s mid-price graphics solution.
Premiere Pro punishes the $600 PC’s two CPU cores, while giving little benefit to the $1600 build’s added CPU features.
Single-threaded PDF printing is more closely scaled to CPU clock rate.