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Results: Audio And Video Encoding

System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: $2500 Performance PC
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Our Apple iTunes workload is great for isolating the single-threaded performance of any CPU we benchmark. Intel's architectures tend to win this one, but we see no difference attributable to the Core i7's extra shared L3 cache. Of course, Hyper-Threading won't have any positive effect, either.

LAME behaves similarly, though it does a better job reflecting the new system’s clock rate advantage.

Unlike our audio conversion tests, HandBrake and TotalCode Studio benefit from the expensive CPU’s architectural enhancements.

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