AMD’s six-core CPU is affordable (at least, compared to Intel's Core i7-980X). We're overclocking the Thuban design to see if its efficiency improves from faster clock rates. Comparisons to other quad- and hexa-core processors provide some perspective.
Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
It’s bizarre to see that we need six AMD cores to beat Intel’s top quad-core models.
Video transcoding with HandBrake is much accelerated on the overclocked Phenom II X6.