Apple’s iTunes encoder doesn’t appear to make use of the former System Builder Marathon’s quad-core processor, instead showing encoding times as the inverse of clock speed. The $500 Gaming PC stands apart when overclocked.
Lame gives the overclocked $500 gamer an even larger win, and the lowest budget system is starting to look more like a great general-purpose machine.
Video: TMPGEnc, CloneDVD 2
TMPGEnc favors the overclocked $500 gaming machine using both the DivX and XviD codecs, even though the DivX codec used is supposed to be quad-core optimized.
CloneDVD 2 also prefers the high clock speeds of the overclocked $500 Gaming PC over the quad-core System Builder Marathon configuration.
- Will It Game?
- Overclocking Details
- Test Configuration
- Benchmark Results: Crysis, Prey
- Supreme Commander, UT3, Warhammer
- Audio: iTunes, Lame MP3
- Applications: 3DS Max, Cinema4D, Photoshop, AVG, WinRAR
- Synthetics: 3D Mark 2006
- PC Mark 2005
- Sandra XII
- Average Performance Differences
- Performance Per Dollar, Conclusion