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A6-2600 or i3-2100 for video encoding

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.

Thanks
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  1. 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
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    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.
  3. Why are you posting mutliple thread for the same question?

    Your newest thread was posted after I posted my response above.
  4. jaguarskx said:
    Why are you posting mutliple thread for the same question?

    Your newest thread was posted after I posted my response above.


    The forum kept freezing on my machine, so didn't think that it had posted.

    Chill dude.
  5. Best answer selected by nkrombein26.
  6. AMD APU (Llano) does very well in software encoding using x264 or Handbrake and is competitive with i3 however Intel Quick Sync has the edge.

    You can't turn off Quick Sync Specifically, if your application supports DXVA or Media Foundation, it will go through Quick Sync

    Here are some benchmarks for x264, Handbrake and Mediaespresso with GPU acceleration enabled and disabled

    http://www.nitroware.net/reviews/206-mainstream-computing-showdown-amd-a6-v-intel-i3.html?start=9
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