Benchmark Results: Media Encoding
While the Core i7-920 shows a definite superiority in these audio-encoding applications, it surprises us how well the overclocked/core-unlocked Phenom II X3 720 compares to the stock Core i7-920, essentially tying iTunes performance and coming relatively close in HandBrake. However, the stock numbers for the Phenom II X3 720 are somewhat disappointing.
The video encoding applications also show the overclocked/core-unlocked Phenom II system comparing well against the stock Core i7-920 system. Once again, the stock Phenom II X3 720 isn't doing well here, but it's up against a processor that costs three times as much.
Would have rather seen a dual 5770's or a 5870 with a i5-750 or a 955
games more and more are using cpu for doing things. I also tend to use a comp for other things more then games.