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Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $2400 Performance PC

Apple iTunes transcoding performance is almost perfectly pinned to CPU frequency, and the new system has a noticeable deficit at default frequencies.

It wins when overclocked, though, which is what counts the most in our book.

Lame continues to paint the picture of a motherboard that doesn’t allow its CPU to shine in the new system at default settings, since both machines have the same CPU. Fortunately, the MSI board in our new configuration still overclocks better.

The MSI board’s baseline performance looks even worse in video transcoding, though its higher overclock compensates.

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