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Application Benchmarks: Media Encoding

System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2009: $1,300 Enthusiast PC
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Audio encoding applications like Lame and iTunes really show a dramatic performance increase when it comes to the Core i5 system.

The video-encoding applications continue the story of the Core i5's strong performance, although the Phenom II CPU shines much better in the MainConcept benchmark than it does in TMPGEnc.

While our Benchmarking Windows 7 article suggested that TMPGEnc might demonstrate longer encoding times with the new OS when using the DivX codec, we have since seen results that suggest this phenomenon might only occur with Hyper-Threading-capable CPUs. If this is the case, our results remain comparable.

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