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Application Benchmarks: Video Encoding And Image Rendering

Part 2: How Many CPU Cores Do You Need?
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Let's have a look at the video encoding benchmarks first:

As with the previous review, both the MainConcept and DivX codec results show a notable nod to threading, while the Xvid codec does not benefit from more than two CPU cores.

Our Photoshop benchmark is being reworked as it does not yet function with 64-bit versions of Windows Vista, so this time we'll have to skip it. Let's move on to 3D image rendering and 3ds Max.

3ds Max has demonstrated an affinity for multithreading as long as we can remember benchmarking it, and doesn't hold any surprises for us here. If you're a 3D animator, take as many CPU cores as you can get.

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