I'm looking at video encoding and creation as my primary need for a more powerful processing solution (I currently still have Athlon 2600+, 1gb ram, and Nvidia 6200, can you believe it, and am getting about 3 hour encode time for 90 min of video).
My question is whether to go for the i3 that has more processing juice, or with the new A6-2600 that has more graphic power. Is the 2 core vs 4 core an issue, even though the intel cores work much better than the AMD ones?
I'm on a limited budget. I"m also in Canada where the difference between i3 and i5 is still significant.
I'm not a gamer.
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For video encoding the Intel® Core™ i3-2100 with the Intel Quick Sync would most likely have the advantage. Now that would only be with the applications that can take advantage of the Intel Quick Sync. If you were gaming the graphics on the A6 would be better then the Intel HD 2000 Graphics on the Intel Core i3-2100. Adding in a video card would give the Intel Core i3-2100 the advantage again.
Christian Wood Intel Enthusiast Team
For video encoding the Core i3-2100 performs better than the A6. The graphics core itself plays no part in the encoding process. An Intel Core i3-2100 with it's puny Intel HD 2000 graphics core can outperform an AMD A6-3600 paired with a Radeon HD 6990 graphics card as far as video encoding is concerned.