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System Builder Marathon Q2 2015: $1600 Mini Performance PC

Media, Productivity And Compression

For the most part, single-threaded applications such as audio encoding favored the higher clock frequencies of the Q1 system, while multi-threaded benchmarks such as video encoding favor the six-core processors of both Q2 machines. The tiny system outperforms the big one when overclocked, because its processor was able to run at a fixed 4.3 GHz frequency.

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Remembering that less time is more performance in timed benchmarks, the Q2 ATX machine found the same “fixed frequency” –type advantage at stock speed due to its use of “Enhanced” turbo ratios.

Thomas Soderstrom
Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.