@jbfoster: Yes. BTW, i think rip/encode movie is one of heavy tasks someway 'coz it utilize 100% CPU performance and take times.
My using AutoCAD is only about compatible issue and personal habit, most counted thing, I prefer to work in classic AutoCAD (<2010) version along Windows XP/7. Similar with 3Ds Max, it's heavy CPU load only in rendering process, modeling in viewport almost rely on graphic card. Nothing crazy or hardcore about them than ur video encoding process.
Do I need it, probably not, am I getting it, yes. OK I love gadgets and just think this is another gadget to play with, especially using a laptop instead of a desktop with a 22" monitor.
It will be a learning curve as I haven't even looked at it yet so have no idea what to expect but at least it will keep me on my toes and my brain working. I will look on it as another stage in my life where I'm taken out of my comfort zone and have to try something different, it will be fun and I'm looking forward to it.
That, and Photoshopping, AutoCAD, video converting, DVD authoring, HD video playback, Office, VMs, hard drive checking/recovery/wiping and reformatting, DVD ripping, backing up user data from other PCs and copying and pasting those files into their new directories, video creation, STD checking, and some light games like Grand Theft Auto Vice City, PS 1 and 2 emulation, and before I had Hitman on Windows 7 as well as Grand Theft Automobile IV that actually ran graphically like a console more or less.
Folding Protein Simulation, to help research .....Folding@home - HomePage a lot of peoples do it, we share or PC to help the science. They give points, the faster you return the results the more you have points, it's very intensive on the CPU or The GPU or both. And you will like this part, it's seems to be a little bit faster on Windows 8 , but of course it will not beat a Linux with 4 XEON CPUs. With Linux you can isolate the cores and have a better load on each of them.
Ahh, that's interesting, I think I might take that up.
Especially when I have my eight core processor and Radeon 7870...
AMD GPU sucks at this, only Nvidia perform well , it'S the fault of AMD they are not interested to give us driver for it.