Media Encoding Tests
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.
x264 HD Benchmark
The popular x264 benchmark available from graysky does a two-pass H.264 encode on 1080p video. The first pass appears to be more clock-sensitive while the second pass is more heavily threaded.
The first pass results of x264 v5.0 show a sizeable increase in frame rate (35%) and a nice jump over the SNB-E result as well (12%). The second pass also has the 4960X with the advantage but it shrinks a bit to just 24% over Haswell.