Media Benchmarks

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We've 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 an 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 system 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.

Multi-tasking Performance

Website: MPC-HC
Website: 7-Zip
Multi-tasking is a phrase with which we're all familiar, because most of us are now used to running multiple applications at the same time. However, to run multiple applications well you need a powerful (ideally multi-core) CPU and plenty of RAM.

Our multi-tasking test performs a massive file backup (with encryption) using 7-Zip, while simultaneously playing back an HD movie file using mplayer, making it a demanding test for any PC.

Multi-tasking

mPlayer and 7-Zip

  • Intel DZ77GA-70K
  • Asus Maximus V Gene
  • Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H
    • 1846
    • 1999
    • 1831
    • 1971
    • 1767
    • 1908
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Points, higher is better
  • Stock
  • Overclocked

Read our performance analysis.

Overall Score

The overall score is an unweighted mean average of the scores of the three individual tests.

Overall Score

Gimp, Handbrake, mplayer, 7-Zip

  • Asus Maximus V Gene
  • Intel DZ77GA-70K
  • Gigabyte GA-Z77-UD5H
    • 2403
    • 2836
    • 2373
    • 2832
    • 2373
    • 2741
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1000
1500
2000
2500
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Points, higher is better
  • Stock
  • Overclocked

Read our performance analysis.
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