Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
The dual-core Intel Wolfdale-based processors have always done exceptionally well in iTunes, so it’s no surprise results here take a little longer than with the $700 SBM PC from December.
HandBrake is well-threaded, and a stock Athlon II X3 435 completes this job about three minutes faster than the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 does. Overclocking knocks over two and a half minutes off this time, but the job is completed faster by also unlocking the fourth core.
This overclocked system takes two seconds longer than the December machine did with the Xvid encoder, but finishes over 40 seconds quicker with DivX. The four-core overclock may fall a second behind in Xvid, but now finishes DivX encoding in under four minutes.
The March SBM PC owns MainConcept, finishing one minute and 50 seconds quicker at stock speeds and almost one minute earlier once both systems are overclocked. Core unlocking further reduces encoding time by almost 30 seconds.
unlocking the forth core and still overclocking to 3.6Ghz is just great! I'm getting jealous because my 4th core is broken.
I'm looking forward to the value comparison.
4 cores, 3.2Ghz, 13,000 3dmark points.
Great bang-for-buck system.
Would it be possible to make a 3-way comparison of systems at the same price (for example, $1000)? One could be an AMD-based system, another an Intel-based, and a third maybe a graphics-heavy monster, or a MicroATX system (to see how much performance you sacrifice to stay in $1000 and fit a small form factor).
This processor is a beast for the price...Really Impressed
Except for the CPU cooler, you usually sacrifice nothing to go Micro ATX. Tom's Hardware even did a micro-ATX SBM...where the Core i7 system sucked because it had to use the stock cooler. You can find semi-small micro-ATX cases that fit mid-sized coolers.
Antec also makes a MICRO ATX MID TOWER which REALLY sux since it misses the point of Micro ATX completely, so I don't want to hear about that one.
And of course there's Micro ATX mini-towers with the same layout as full-ATX. You get all the performance of ATX and the big cooler, with a case that's around 14-15" tall.
My argument was not that they should do a $500-$1000-$2000 comparison of uATX builds - they did this. I was suggesting doing a $1000intel - $1000amd - $1000uATX comparison.