System Builder Marathon, March 2012: $1250 Enthusiast PC

Benchmark Results: Media Encoding

Intel's Core i5-2400 does better than AMD's FX-6100 when it comes to media encoding, despite the fact that we're stuck with a single memory channel and a modest overclock. Although the FX is specified as a six-core processor, it's architecture isn't that cut and dry. Even at a lower clock rate, four of Intel's Sandy Bridge-based cores simply get more work done.

AMD does take a single victory in HandBrake when its FX-6100 is overclocked to 4.5 GHz.

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  • naveenk
    Why is it mentioned PowerColor Radeon HD 6970 in the specs list, but 7970 in rest of the article.....Bad typo
  • 13thmonkey
    so you crippled the build to save £18 on the processor, although I suppose it meant you could choose a P67 mobo. doesn't seem to be a good move.