In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a very popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content.
In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a never-ending Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
Talk about a photo finish. Our custom LAME MT benchmark showed absolutely no variation between the 975X Express based motherboard. The Abit AW9D-MAX, Foxconn 975X7AB, and MSI 975X Platinum v2 all posted the exact same scores in both the single-threaded and multi-threaded tests.