Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Apple's iTunes and LAME MP3 are still single-threaded workloads. So, they pretty accurately reflect the architectural similarities, and close stock and overclocked frequencies, shared between our $1,000 and $2,000 builds. At the end of the day, if you're using an Ivy Bridge-based processor, you won't see any better single-threaded performance unless you can overclock more aggressively.
On the other hand, HandBrake and TotalCode Studio both appear to benefit from the previous build’s logical cores. I haven’t seen Hyper-Threading provide this much benefit since Intel shifted away from its NetBurst architecture.