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System Builder Marathon, Q1 2013: $800 Enthusiast PC

Results: Media Encoding

Both LAME and iTunes are used to convert audio files from one format to another, and neither test is threaded. Consequently, Intel's Core i5-3570K does notably better than AMD's FX-8350 thanks to better performance per clock cycle. Access to unconstrained overclocking propels the Ivy Bridge-based chip even further ahead in both benchmarks.

Unlike the audio transcoding workloads, our video-oriented conversions, HandBrake and TotalCode Studio, are heavily-threaded. These demonstrate an advantage for AMD's module-based architecture at stock clock rates. But Intel's i5-3570K has much more room for overclocking, and manages a slight win in both categories when tweaked.

  • DragonClaw
    The table outlining the components of the build. It should read 800$ and not 1000$, I think?
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  • abbadon_34
    guessed they reused the previous template, sure it'll be fixed soon and people will wonder what we're talking about
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  • mayankleoboy1
    Although we're going to miss the snappy boot-up times and almost-instant application launches the solid-state drive enabled, we probably won't be penalized too much in the benchmark results.

    And therein lies the problem with benchmarks.
    An enthusiast PC, without a SSD boot drive?
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  • manitoublack
    That's a great value PC there. Would be hard pressed to think of a more compelling combination for the money. Well done.

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  • qTrueno
    The heat sink breaks easily but it is a good cheap solution, as long it doesn't break.
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  • ipwn3r456
    If this machine were at $1000 budget, might as well add a 128GB SSD, and replace the HD 7870 to a HD 7950.
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  • butremor
    "Overclocking

    Overclocking the Core i5-3550K is"
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  • ARICH5
    i think you couldve found a cheaper z77 solution and squieezed in a 64mb cache hdd
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  • dudewitbow
    ipwn3r456If this machine were at $1000 budget, might as well add a 128GB SSD, and replace the HD 7870 to a HD 7950.

    there would be marginal performance boost from switching from a 7870 LE(nerfed 7950, heck can call it a 7930 and it would be partially correct in a way) to an actual 7950. Though its likely the outcome for the 1k budget coming up next.
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  • abhijitkalyane
    I really wasn't expecting the AMD chip to be so close to the i5. I'm a bit surprised. The power consumption figures look bad for the FX though.
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