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System Builder Marathon, Dec. 2011: $1200 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Media Encoding

You can tell which benchmarks are more heavily optimized to take advantage of parallelism. The overclocked FX-6100 and its six integer cores perform better in HandBrake and MainConcept. In those disciplines, the overclocked AMD CPU manages to just barely surpass the performance of a stock Core i5-2500K.

When it comes to iTunes and Lame, though, the FX's poor per-clock performance winds up getting it left in the dust.