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Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

System Builder Marathon, August 2012: System Value Compared
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Apple iTunes and Lame MP3 are both single-threaded, providing an excellent opportunity for the $500 machine’s dual-core chip to stand out as a top value.

At the same time, the spotlight shifts to clock rate and IPC, punishing the $2000 build’s older Sandy Bridge-E architecture and relatively conservative base frequency.

HandBrake seriously clobbers the $500 machine's dual-core design, rewarding the $2000 machine’s hexa-core configuration commensurately compared to the $1000 machine’s four cores. These results are repeated in MainConcept.

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