Handbrake is a fantastic free program which we wanted to include to confirm findings with Media Espresso, earlier in the review. HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.
We used the latest V 0.9.5 for testing today across all platforms. We encoded an DVD.MPG file.
The memory bandwidth reaps rewards with this specific test. The 3820 is around 7 seconds faster than the 2700k at default clocks and is only 8 seconds slower than the reference 990X EE when overclocked to 4.5ghz.