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System Builder Marathon, Sept. 2011: $2000 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

Apple iTunes and Lame MP3 love the new platform. But because we know that these tests are single-threaded, they're naturally going to prefer the old machine, which benefited from a more aggressive overclock. 

HandBrake and MainConcept similarly show the performance benefits of new-generation motherboards, along with the overclocking deficit of today’s build.