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Benchmark Results: Audio And Video

System Builder Marathon, June 2011: $500 Gaming PC

The little Sandy Bridge-based processor steals the show in single-threaded iTunes and Lame. This is, of course, a result of great per-clock performance from the Intel chip and two benchmarks that simply do not take advantage of multi-core processors.

Meanwhile, the quad-core Phenom II scores easy victories in the well-threaded HandBrake and MainConcept tests, which benefit more from four physical cores than a pair of Hyper-Threaded cores.

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