Page 1:Raising The Stakes
Page 2:Test Settings
Page 3:Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
Page 4:Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
Page 5:Benchmark Results: Crysis
Page 6:Benchmark Results: F1 2010
Page 7:Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
Page 8:Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
Page 9:Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Page 10:Benchmark Results: Productivity
Page 11:Power, Performance Scaling, And Efficiency
Page 12:Value Conclusion
Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Poorly-threaded applications like Apple's iTunes generally respond to CPU frequency more than anything else.
Credit goes to the enormous Prolimatech Megahalems CPU cooler for allowing the overclocked $2000 machine beat its less expensive rivals.
HandBrake stands in stark contrast to iTunes, pushing every available core to 100% of available resources. The $2000 PC picks up it biggest win here, while the $500 triple-core configuration appears to beat the $1000 machine’s four logical (two physical) cores, clock-for-clock.
TMPGEnc falls between iTunes and HandBrake, getting little benefit from added cores and greater benefit from increased CPU frequency.
Professional applications generally use CPU resources most effectively, and MainConcepts benchmark results are a perfect reflection to those of HandBrake. The overclocked $1000 PC barely edges past the overclocked $500 system, while the $2000 machine’s four cores allow much larger performance gains.
- Raising The Stakes
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Performance Scaling, And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion