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Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

System Builder Marathon, March 2010: $750 Gaming PC

The dual-core Intel Wolfdale-based processors have always done exceptionally well in iTunes, so it’s no surprise results here take a little longer than with the $700 SBM PC from December.

HandBrake is well-threaded, and a stock Athlon II X3 435 completes this job about three minutes faster than the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 does. Overclocking knocks over two and a half minutes off this time, but the job is completed faster by also unlocking the fourth core.

This overclocked system takes two seconds longer than the December machine did with the Xvid encoder, but finishes over 40 seconds quicker with DivX. The four-core overclock may fall a second behind in Xvid, but now finishes DivX encoding in under four minutes.

The March SBM PC owns MainConcept, finishing one minute and 50 seconds quicker at stock speeds and almost one minute earlier once both systems are overclocked. Core unlocking further reduces encoding time by almost 30 seconds.

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