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Benchmark Results: Productivity

System Builder Marathon: Performance & Value

3D Studio Max was one of the first benchmarks to prove the full worth of quad-core processing, but it also appears to get at least some benefit from the new Core i7 architecture as well.

Photoshop CS3 isn’t optimized for modern quad-cores, which is why we’re anxious to see our benchmark team produce a script for CS4.

AVG 8 and WinRAR performance scales upward with both increased processing cores and increased clock speed, making only the $625 system appear slow.

Minimal performance differences between drastically different hardware configurations point to Winzip as a single-threaded application.

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