AMD 690 Chipset Update: More Power, More Performance
LAME MP3 and Cinebench R9.5
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.
Both of the boards finished right on top of each other in our custom LAME benchmark. The updated Gigabyte board did finish 1 second faster in the multi-threaded test, however, likely due to its somewhat better memory performance.
The Cinebench 9.5 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. Cinema 4D from Maxon is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. And of course it's very demanding of system processor resources.
This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor 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).
Once again, we had a virtual dead heat. Both of the boards put up the exact same score in the multi-threaded test, but the updated board managed to pull ahead by 1 second in the single-threaded test.