Our iTunes-based workload is single-threaded, so it tends to favor Intel's newer Ivy Bridge architecture over Sandy Bridge, regardless of core count (and assuming the same clock rate, of course). Our Sandy Bridge-E-based machine enjoys a 100 MHz clock rate advantage, overclocked, though. Nevertheless, the Core i5 takes top honors in this test.
The race tightens up in Lame, but Ivy Bridge's advantage in IPC throughput keeps today's setup on top.
HandBrake and MainConcept are optimized to take advantage of all available processing resources, returning a large lead to the six-core Core i7-3930K.
- Opening The Floodgates: 5760x1080 And More Graphics
- Budget Stretchers: The Motherboard And Power Supply
- Economizers: CPU, CPU Cooler, And RAM
- Breaking Point: Graphics Cards And Case
- SSD, Hard Drive, And Optical Drive
- Building Our Graphics-Oriented Beast
- CPU And GPU Overclocking
- Overclocked System and Benchmark Configurations
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 3
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power, Heat, And Efficiency
- Which $2000 Machine Is Right For You?