Budget builders often ask why AMD's processors rarely crop up in our $1000 builds, and iTunes helps illustrate the answer. At its 3.4 GHz overclocked frequency, the $500 build can’t compete with the $1000 build’s 3.30 GHz baseline. On top of that, the $1000 PC’s processor overclocks far better, easily passing the baseline of the $2000 build. AMD plans to correct this CPU performance deficit in its next architecture introduction.
HandBrake results are similar to iTunes, except that overclocking the $1000 PC results in far lower gains.
Does Intel Hyper-Threading technology hurt TMPGEnc performance? The $2000 PC falls behind the $1000 build at stock frequencies.
MainConcept reflects what we saw in HandBrake, with the overclocked $1000 machine edging out the $2000 system’s non-overclocked results. The $500 build is barely better than half as fast.
- Performance Is Value
- Systems and Benchmark Configurations
- Benchmark Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Benchmark Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: F1 2010
- Benchmark Results: Just Cause 2
- Benchmark Results: S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call Of Pripyat
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Power And Heat
- Performance Scaling And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion