Both LAME and iTunes are used to convert audio files from one format to another, and neither test is threaded. Consequently, Intel's Core i5-3570K does notably better than AMD's FX-8350 thanks to better performance per clock cycle. Access to unconstrained overclocking propels the Ivy Bridge-based chip even further ahead in both benchmarks.
Unlike the audio transcoding workloads, our video-oriented conversions, HandBrake and TotalCode Studio, are heavily-threaded. These demonstrate an advantage for AMD's module-based architecture at stock clock rates. But Intel's i5-3570K has much more room for overclocking, and manages a slight win in both categories when tweaked.
- Building A PC: What Do We Get For $800?
- CPU, Motherboard, And Cooler
- Video Card, Power Supply, And Case
- Memory, Hard Drives, And Optical Drive
- System Assembly And Overclocking
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Synthetics
- Results: Media Encoding
- Results: Rendering And Productivity
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Compression Tools
- Results: Battlefield 3 And The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Results: F1 2012 And Far Cry 3
- Power And Temperature
- When Does $800 Buy You More Than $1000?