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System Builder Marathon, March 2012: System Value Compared

Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

Apple iTunes and Lame MP3 rely on high clock rates because they're single-threaded. Fortunately for me, the Core i7-3930K is the only unlocked processor in the bunch, allowing me to hit 4.6 GHz and take the win. Granted, that's hardly a reason to celebrate, since I paid $600 bucks for one if Intel's most complex desktop processors.

The $2600 machine strikes back in multi-threaded video encoding apps, demolishing the $1300 build while chasing Paul's $650 PC out of the room.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.