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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2010: Value Compared

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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