Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
Audio / Video
In our single-threaded iTunes test, the pair of AMD Athlon IIs rank by CPU core speed.
Well-threaded HandBrake, however, is a different story entirely. The current rig holds a narrow victory at stock clocks, but the triple-core chip at 3.9 GHz is no match for the $400 PC’s “unlocked” quad-core chip running at 3.2 GHz.
As expected, the stock December PC leads in TMPEnc video transcoding. The two overclocked systems each split a victory, as DivX benefits more from the extra thread, while Xvid favors the higher processor frequency.
Overclocking the December PC knocks 31 seconds off MainConcept's transcoding time. But last quarter's quad-core machine still finishes the task ten seconds faster.