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Benchmark Results: Media Encoding

System Builder Marathon, March 2012: $1250 Enthusiast PC

Intel's Core i5-2400 does better than AMD's FX-6100 when it comes to media encoding, despite the fact that we're stuck with a single memory channel and a modest overclock. Although the FX is specified as a six-core processor, it's architecture isn't that cut and dry. Even at a lower clock rate, four of Intel's Sandy Bridge-based cores simply get more work done.

AMD does take a single victory in HandBrake when its FX-6100 is overclocked to 4.5 GHz.

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