Media Encoding

 

Handbrake


Known mainly for its DVD re-encoding prowess, our test uses the Handbrake command line interface on a full DVD rip to gauge CPU performance.

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Good news for budget gamers: HandBrake’s default settings indicate that the tool is really only able to utilize four threads. Therefore, the Core i5-3470 performs nearly the same as the Core i7-3770K.

 

x264 HD Benchmark


The popular x264 benchmark available from graysky does a two-pass H.264 encode on 720p video.  The first pass appears to be more clock-sensitive while the second pass is more heavily threaded.

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The same can be said of the first pass of the x.264 benchmark, though the second pass does see a 30% performance improvement with the Core i7-3770K.
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