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Old September 9, 2012, 05:06 PM
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The 8120 is $149 at ncix, a 3570k is ~$200, 3770k is ~$320. An intel solution would be ~$400 minimum for board and cpu. This 8120 & msi gd65 bundle for $275, looks pretty good to me for an encoding box.
If your encoding software can take advantage of 8 threads, then an overclocked 8120 will provide the best value with your budget. Keep in mind that power consumption goes up a bit when overclocking the BD chips.

8 Bulldozer threads at 4.5 ghz will be roughly comparable to an older, non-overclocked, 6 core intel chip (i7-970, E5645 xeon) when using all threads. Maybe even slightly beat it in some tests.
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