Six-Core Analysis, Part 2: Intel Core i7-980X Scaling

Benchmark Results: Audio/Video

We’ve said repeatedly that iTunes wasn’t thread-optimized. It appears that this statement isn’t entirely accurate. The app is multi-threaded, but the "benefit" is pathetic.

The Lame MP3 encoder is also better off with a fast dual-core rather than a massive six-core processor.

MainConcept and HandBrake for video transcoding both scale well with additional CPU cores.