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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: Value Compared
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Looking at the differences between all systems, it appears that Adobe Photoshop CS4 does take advantage of every CPU core, but still favors Intel’s Core i5 technology over AMD’s Phenom II.

Our particular 3ds Max configuration appears to use up to four threads, but not six. Beyond that, it responds mostly to differences in clock speed. Perhaps we need an update?

AVG rarely produces the expected results, but it’s nice to see that overclocking helped…this time.

Our second open-source program produces results similar to the first, as 7-Zip takes advantage of every core and doesn’t play favorites with Intel. Commercial compressor WinRAR has the opposite attributes.

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    silverblue , 10 September 2010 16:19
    I'm a little dubious as to why you'd even bother putting an X6 into such an expensive machine. I simply don't think it is necessary. Perhaps that CPU in a $1,000 build and an i7-930 or something in a $2,000 one?
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    Silmarunya , 11 September 2010 02:39
    silverblueI'm a little dubious as to why you'd even bother putting an X6 into such an expensive machine. I simply don't think it is necessary. Perhaps that CPU in a $1,000 build and an i7-930 or something in a $2,000 one?


    I must say I think it's a stupid idea to add a hexacore to a gaming system, no matter the cost. A Phenom II X4 965, i5-760 or i7-930 would all have been equal to or better than the X6 1055 for games, and the 965 and 760 don't cost more either.

    For the high budget build, an i7-930 would have been ideal as its clock for clock performance is far better than that of an 1055T.

    A pretty odd CPU choice if you ask me, for a gaming system at least.
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    silverblue , 11 September 2010 03:42
    At the very least, give it the 1090T.