Custom PC Media Benchmarks

Download from: bit-tech.net
We have developed our own suite of benchmarks using real-world and open source applications to simulate how PCs are actually used. The suite comprises an image editing test using Gimp, a video encoding test using Handbrake and a multi-tasking test using 7-Zip to archive and encrypt a large batch of files while a HD movie plays in mplayer.

A score of 1,000 means that the test system is as fast as our reference PC, which used a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 at stock speed, 2GB of Corsair 1,066MHz DDR2 memory, a 250GB Samsung SpinPoint P120S hard disk and an Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard. The scoring is linear, so a system scoring 1,200 points is 20 per cent faster than our reference system. Equally, a system scoring 1,200 is 4 per cent faster than a system scoring 1,150.

GIMP Image Editing

Website: GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
Far from being some kind of pr0n-filtering tool, Gimp is an open source image editing application - Gimp is an acronym of GNU Image Manipulation Program. Our test simulates how well a PC can manipulate a collection of large digital photos, and to achieve a low time requires a PC with a powerful CPU, plenty of quick memory and efficient hard disk drive access.

GIMP Image Editing

Media Benchmarks

  • EVGA SR-2 with 2 x X5680
  • Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition
  • EVGA SR-2 with 2 x X5650
    • 1465
    • 1856
    • 1428
    • 1967
    • 1160
    • 1661
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Score (higher is better)
  • Stock
  • Overclocked

For an explanation of what these numbers mean, head to the Performance Analysis page.

Handbrake H.264 Encoding

Website: HandBrake
We use the open-source, GPL-licensed, multi-platform, multi-threaded video encoder Handbrake to encode a HD video using the H.264 codec. This primarily tests multi-threaded CPU and memory subsystem performance.

Handbrake H.264 video encoding

Media Benchmarks

  • EVGA SR-2 with 2 x X5680
  • Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition
  • EVGA SR-2 with 2 x X5650
    • 3220
    • 4056
    • 3079
    • 4291
    • 2539
    • 3585
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1000
2000
3000
4000
Score (higher is better)
  • Stock
  • Overclocked

For an explanation of what these numbers mean, head to the Performance Analysis page.

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