ABIT AA8 DuraMAX and ASUS P5AD2 Premium- New Alderwoods From The Big Dogs
Windows Media Encoder 9 and Cinebench Performance
Windows Media Encoder is a benchmark that allows the i925X a bit more room to stretch its legs. Here we've taken a 416MB Digital Video file and encoded to WMV9 format. Times were recorded in Minutes : Seconds, with lower times again indicating better performance.
There's roughly a 7% advantage here for the ASUS and ABIT i925X boards, with 9 – 11 seconds reduction in encoding times. Again, this is not a differential that is going to provide huge noticeable gains, but it's measurable. We're seeing a trend here now, as well, where both of the fledgling ABIT and ASUS Alderwood boards are consistently edging out the mature and refined i875 system. Perhaps as time goes on and the i925X system architecture is further optimized, this gap may widen.
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. This is a multithreaded, multiprocessor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The time it took each test system to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below (listed in seconds). We ran two sets of numbers, one in single-thread mode and another in the benchmark's multithread mode for our Hyper-Threading-enabled P4 test systems.
Look at that: another horse race. Move along! All systems represented in this test finish within microseconds of each other. Clearly Cinebench is limited by processor IPC versus any other system resource.