Abit SLI Motherboard Showcase
Windows Media Encoder & LAME
We continued testing the Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI and NI8 SLI motherboards with a benchmark based on Windows Media Encoder 9. PC WorldBench 5's Windows Media Encoding test reports encoding times in seconds, and like the tests on the previous page, lower times indicate better performance here.
Video encoding performance has historically been one of the Pentium 4's strong suits, so it comes as no surprise that the NI8 SLI was the highest performing platform here. Its encoding time of 328 seconds was 39 and 40 seconds faster than the Fatal1ty AN8 SLI and Sapphire PI-A9RX480, respectively.
In our custom Lame 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. Processing times are recorded below. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
In stark contrast to the Windows Media Encoder benchmark, our custom LAME MP3 encoding test shows the AMD powered Fatal1ty AN8 SLI finishing in first place with a time of 1 minute and 37 seconds. The NI8 SLI, on the other hand took 1 minute and 44 seconds to complete the same task.