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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $2000 Bonus Build

Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

Performance in Apple iTunes typically responds only to clock rate and CPU architecture. Differences this small could be due to slight variations in base clock. At the end of the day, though, the biggest wins here come from aggressive overclocking and the clock-for-clock improvements inherent to the Sandy Bridge-based processor we're using.

HandBrake results are again too close to draw any solid conclusions about the differences between our two very similar platforms.

A larger difference in DivX encoding for the overclocked systems is more likely to have been caused by different memory overclocks.

The new overclocked build edges out its predecessor in MainConcept.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.