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Benchmarks: ScienceMark, AutoMKV

The Core i7 processors didn't appear to have the kind of performance advantage seen in many of the previous tests in ScienceMark. For example, the aggressively clocked Core 2 Duo E8600 processor defeated the Core i7 920 and Core i7 940. The Core i7 965 Extreme Edition was faster with either the Turbo Mode enabled or disabled. Overclocking the Core i7 965 Extreme Edition processor to 3.88GHz had a significant impact on performance, allowing for an impressive score of 2406 pts.

AutoMKV is an application aiming for easy media conversion between various media formats using various third party codecs. With AutoMKV and the x264 codec, a freeware H.264 encoder, users can easily create media files, for example.

We really see the Core i7 processor shine in this test, delivering exceptional performance that blows the Phenom X4 and Core 2 competition out of the water. While the Phenom X4 9950 encoded the file in 18:01 minutes, and the Core 2 Quad Q9650 in 15:05 minutes, the Core i7 920 did it in just 11:31 minutes.