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Benchmark Results: Audio/Video

System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $500 PC

Audio / Video

In our single-threaded iTunes test, the pair of AMD Athlon IIs rank by CPU core speed.

Well-threaded HandBrake, however, is a different story entirely. The current rig holds a narrow victory at stock clocks, but the triple-core chip at 3.9 GHz is no match for the $400 PC’s “unlocked” quad-core chip running at 3.2 GHz.

As expected, the stock December PC leads in TMPEnc video transcoding. The two overclocked systems each split a victory, as DivX benefits more from the extra thread, while Xvid favors the higher processor frequency.

Overclocking the December PC knocks 31 seconds off MainConcept's transcoding time. But last quarter's quad-core machine still finishes the task ten seconds faster.

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