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Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

The 5 GHz, Six-Core Project: Core i7-980X Gets Chilly

Moving past the painfully monotonous gaming benchmarks, applications are where the Core i7 shines. Apple iTunes isn’t the best example, with its inability to use every CPU core, but at least it responds favorably to our overclocking efforts.

HandBrake and TMPGEnc show no loss for disabling Intel Hyper-Threading (HT) at 5 GHz, instead handing that configuration a huge 50% performance lead.

MainConcept puts the fastest HT-enabled speed in the lead by 31%, the 5 GHz overclock giving up 12% of its expected performance through the loss of its virtual cores.

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