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Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

System Builder Marathon Bonus: Newegg Customer Choice PC

With both systems sporting the same number of cores and underlying architecture, CPU frequency determines the winner of each test on this page. A Core i5-2500K in the Choice PC starts out slightly faster and overclocks much better, handing it four wins in a row.

HandBrake and MainConcept are well-threaded, and the overclocked $1300 PC’s altered four-core Turbo Boost mode helps it rise from modesty to mediocrity.

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