Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
Apple iTunes and Lame MP3 are both single-threaded, providing an excellent opportunity for the $500 machine’s dual-core chip to stand out as a top value.
At the same time, the spotlight shifts to clock rate and IPC, punishing the $2000 build’s older Sandy Bridge-E architecture and relatively conservative base frequency.
HandBrake seriously clobbers the $500 machine's dual-core design, rewarding the $2000 machine’s hexa-core configuration commensurately compared to the $1000 machine’s four cores. These results are repeated in MainConcept.