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Athlon X2 7750 vs. Intel E5200 OC & Value

AutoMKV x264 Encoding

Website: Doom9

We tested x264 compression using AutoMKV version 0.97.1 and x264 to to compress a 1.1GB DVD VOB file into 350MB MP4 file using a two-pass encode and we used a 112kbps LAME encoder to compress the audio. The whole process is dependent on both single and multi-core performance and the entire encoding time was recorded.

There's quite a shift to using MKV or MP4 wrappers for x264 content now, especially for movie content and those in the large anime fansubbing community. x264 doesn't have the same SSE enhancements as DivX 6.8, but the benefits of extra cache and better memory performance should still show notable improvements.

x.264 Encoding

AutoMKV 0.97.1, 1.05GB MPEG-2 VOB to 350MB x264 .mp4, LAME MT 112Kbps

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 OC (2x4GHz, 1333MHz FSB)
  • AMD Athlon X2 7750 OC (2x3.1GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • AMD Phenom X3 8450 (3x2.1GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 7750 BE (2x2.7GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 7550 (2x2.5GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.1GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x2.5GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • AMD Athlon X2 5200+ (2x2.7GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 4850e (2x2.5GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
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  • 977
  • 1029
  • 1095
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Athlon X2 7750 vs. Intel E5200 OC & Value Video Encoding

Again the overclocked Intel E5200 affords great value and strongly out performs the other CPUs. The AMD chips also form a nice, neat trend-line down the middle and the overclocked 7750 BE does its best to afford the best performance but the Intel is still the better buy here.

Handbrake H.264 Encoding

Website: HandBrake

Our test uses Handbrake - an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows - to encode a high resolution MPEG-2 video using the H.264 codec. This primarily tests multi-threaded CPU and memory subsystem performance.

Handbreak x.264 Video Encoding

CustomPC Benchmark

  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 OC (2x4GHz, 1333MHz FSB)
  • AMD Athlon X2 7750 OC (2x3.1GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 (2x2.5GHz, 800MHz FSB)
  • AMD Athlon X2 6000+ (2x3.1GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 7750 BE (2x2.7GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • AMD Phenom X3 8450 (3x2.1GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 7550 (2x2.5GHz, 1.8GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 5200+ (2x2.7GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
  • AMD Athlon X2 4850e (2x2.5GHz, 1.0GHz HTT)
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  • 864
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  • 905
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Athlon X2 7750 vs. Intel E5200 OC & Value Video Encoding

Like above, the overclocked Intel E5200 yields the best results and best value, however the overclocked 7750 Black Edition does less to stretch into the green even though it's second in the performance table, 11 percent faster than third place and 12.5 percent better performing than its stock clock.

Again, despite being multi-threading happy, the tri-core Phenom's lukewarm performance and significantly higher price don't yield a great value product.