Apple's iTunes and LAME MP3 are still single-threaded workloads. So, they pretty accurately reflect the architectural similarities, and close stock and overclocked frequencies, shared between our $1,000 and $2,000 builds. At the end of the day, if you're using an Ivy Bridge-based processor, you won't see any better single-threaded performance unless you can overclock more aggressively.
On the other hand, HandBrake and TotalCode Studio both appear to benefit from the previous build’s logical cores. I haven’t seen Hyper-Threading provide this much benefit since Intel shifted away from its NetBurst architecture.
- Can $1,000 Buy A High-End PC?
- Graphics, CPU, And Motherboard
- DRAM, Storage, And Optical Drive
- Case, Power, And CPU Cooling
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings And Benchmarks
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 3 And F1 2012
- Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim And StarCraft II
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Could We Have A Value Winner At $1,000?