Results of the SiSoft Sandra AV Transcode benchmark, kilobytes per second. Intel Quicksync aware, but not AMD VCE.
Will this make a difference in actual media conversion?
CyberLink PowerDirector 10:
We used PowerDirector 10 to stabilize, lighting correct and convert a 10 mins 720p60 recorded in Quicktime format to AVC MPEG-4 using hardware acceleration (Quicksync, OpenCL, UVD and VCE aware). Times are seconds, lower is better.
Interestingly the Core i3 is slowed down by the Radeon GPU where the Core i7 gets a boost. Between the different setups, only moving to the i7 will be a noticeable end use experience change. Quicksync and VCE did not appear to be in operation in this test, only AMD's UVD on the GPU.
Next we converted a 22 minute MPEG-2 DVD .vob to use with a mobile device, using hardware accelerated encode and decode where available.
No real noticeable difference in user experience, 18 seconds between A10 and the i7. You'd appreciate the 18 seconds in the morning if your last thing to do was dump a movie on your phone for the day, but it's a quite a jump in price to get those 18 seconds. Dual Graphics hinders here, adding a HD 6670 increasing transcode time instead of reducing it like the Core i-Series results. Moving forward from Dual Graphics simply being use one GPU sometimes, two others to the mobility Enduro style might help here.