Productivity Benchmarks: 7-Zip / MediaCoder
In this section, we will avoid generalized synthetic benchmarks and instead concentrate upon CPU performance within real-world applications and standard usage patterns. Every one of the programs included here has functions that many professionals and everyday users utilize in their day to day computing lives.
At face value, 7-Zip is a simple compression/decompresion tool like popular applications like WinZip and WinRAR but it also has numerous additional functions that can allow encryption, decryption and other options. For this test, we are avoiding its built-in benchmark and once again only focus upon real world testing by compressing a 2.6GB folder of various files and adding an AES-256 encryption layer for good measure. The test is timed until it is complete.
RESULTS: In a heavily multi threaded benchmark like 7Zip, the FX-6300 and FX-4300 are really able to flex their legs. In both cases, the processors are able to cleanly beat Intelís i3 3225 and the FX-6300 can even best the 3570K.
Due to the varying compatibility of certain mobile devices, video transcoding performance has become something of a big deal. Transcoding allows one type of video / audio file to be converted into a different format and it typically takes up a huge amount of system resources. The MediaCoder application brings multi format transcoding to an accessible level with numerous options and acceleration for Intelís QuickSync and NVIDIAís CUDA technologies. In addition, its CPU support allows for full multi core utilization. In this test, we use the MediaCoder i-devices edition to convert a 600MB AVCHD file to an iPhone 4S friendly MPEG-4 format.
RESULTS: The updated version of MediaCoder is another application that can take advantage of AMDís architecture and it shows once again with excellent results.
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