System Builder Marathon, Q4 2012: $2,000 Performance PC

Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding

Our Apple iTunes and Lame MP3 benchmarks are both single-threaded, meaning that an advantage in either metric is achievable through higher clock rates and more effective architectures. Running 4.5% slower than last quarter's build, our new machine, overclocked, still leads in iTunes thanks to its Ivy Bridge pedigree.

Lame derives a little less boost from this quarter's newer CPU architecture, handing the lead back to the more aggressively-overclocked Sandy Bridge-E-based Core i7-3930K.

In contrast, HandBrake and MainConcept are both capable of using all available cores, giving the six-core CPU we used last quarter a leadership position we'd typically use to justify a more complex processor in our high-end budget.

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  • Steveymoo
    I was getting ready to whine about power consumption with those AMD cards, but it looks like they're not so bad! I'd be interested to know how loud/whiny this system gets, and how it would perform with 2 gtx 680s instead.

    Also, I find it weird that those crossfire GPUs fall flat on their face at 2560 resolution in some games. Is there some kind of crossfire/gpu memory issue going on there?