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System Builder Marathon, Q2 2013: The $400 Spirit Of Mini-ITX
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Before we move on to the games, let's face the reality of a dual-core processor battling its way through our application suite. If all goes well, the slim $400 machine should at least be able to match the full-sized $500 PC in processor-bound tests, but might fall behind if memory bandwidth and storage performance come into play. Also, keep in mind none of these dual-core processors are overclocked, so any speed-ups stem from tweaking main memory timings and graphics card overclocking.

The three builds fall into line based on processor frequency throughout our encoding applications. But, the ability to schedule four simultaneous threads allows the $650 PC to extend its lead in the well-threaded HandBrake and TotalCode Studio workloads.

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