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System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $2000 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: Productivity

Adobe Photoshop reflects the differences in overclocked configurations almost perfectly, while also showing parity between the same model processor on two different motherboards.

3ds Max completion times again reflect the previous build's small overclocking advantage.

The previous overclock was slightly higher, so it performs slightly better overall in our file compression suite.

ABBYY FineReader receives a similar benefit from the previous machine’s 100 MHz advantage.

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