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Application Benchmarks – Media Encoding

System Builder Marathon: Price Vs. Perf.
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iTunes likes raw clock speed and doesn’t seem to care about more than two CPU cores, demonstrating nearly identical performance with the dual-core sub-$1,000 machine compared to the quad-core sub-$2,000 machine. It responds very well to overclocking, however.

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Lame shows us exactly the same thing iTunes did. These audio encoding apps really dig the sub-$4,000 system’s high clock speeds.

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Video rendering using DivX and Xvid also appears to be ignorant of more than two CPU cores. The sub-$1,000 PC is showing very strong value because of this.

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CloneDVD is showing us more of the same, clock speed over cores is the order of the day when rendering media with these applications.

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    Solitaire , 9 July 2008 08:49
    Mmm, so everyone who's going to overclock their PC has a gaming-quality 24" LCD? No? So why didn't you focus on 1680*1050 if you're going to even bother including the sub-$1000 system in the comparison? That's the standard resolution of high-end 17" and most mainstream screens under 22" (even some cheap 22" as well)