Apple iTunes is poorly threaded, so we can expect good results from the Core i5-powered $1000 PC.
Don Woligroski’s surprisingly bad luck-O/C allows the new $2000 PC to take a lead, while the former system is slightly handicapped by its lower IPC throughput.
HandBrake is well-threaded and optimized for both AMD and Intel processors, standing as a true credit to the open source community. The difference between our two $2000 builds can almost certainly be attributed to Intel's general dominance in media-oriented titles on a clock-for-clock basis.
As Xvid development lags, DivX appears better-optimized for the six-core processors of both $2000 builds.
MainConcept loves Intel. MainConcept loves added cores. It’s no surprise then that MainConcept loves the new build.
- The Better Way To Spend $2000?
- Processor And CPU Cooling
- Motherboard And Graphics
- Case And Power
- Memory And Storage
- Hardware Installation
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion