POV Ray and LameMT
POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.
Are you sensing a pattern? The Virgo platform again impresses with its consistency at stock speeds. The only slight outlier is the ASRock board's single-thread performance, which was just 10 PPUs slower than the other two boards.
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source mid to high bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is used widely around the world in a multitude of third party applications.
In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV audio file 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, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.
Performance here is--once again--nearly identical across the board. The only variation, as in POV Ray, is the ASRock board's slightly lower performance in single-threaded work. It's just a matter of two seconds, but it's establishing a slight trend.