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.
(Screenshot shows 720p testing from v4.0, we are using 1080p on v5.0)