In this section we are going to discuss the results of two tests: conversion of an audio file set into mp3 format in iTunes 9 and final mixing of a musical track in a popular software mixer Acoustica Mixcraft.
The new 9th version of the iTunes program is still only optimized for dual-core processors. That is why they performed so well in this test: new Core i5-661 and Core i3-540 show nearly the best results among all testing participants.
As for the results of Acoustica Mixcraft, Clarkdale processors suddenly faced serious opposition from AMD solutions, which offered better processing speed in corresponding price range. However, if we compare the results of LGA1156 and LGA775 processors, the picture will remain quite common: Core i5 can be regarded as a fully fledged replacement for Core 2 Quad, and Core i3 offers better performance than Core 2 Duo.