LAME MT and File Compression
LAME MT MP3 Encoding Benchmark
Multi-threaded encoding is going to have less to do with AMD’s 780G chipset and more to do with the Athlon X2 4850e sitting on its HyperTransport interface. The comparison here is $89 spent on a dual-core AMD Athlon X2 versus the same amount of money spent on Intel’s Pentium E2200. For our purposes, we used a 622MB copy of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
Regardless of whether you’re running the bare 780G chipset or a Hybrid Graphics setup, you’ll see better numbers with AMD’s Athlon X2 4850e than with Intel’s Pentium E2200 on its G35 chipset. Intel would naturally fare better if we compared a CPU based on its higher-end Core 2 micro-architecture and a faster front side bus, but then you’re talking about a higher-priced part.
Windows .ZIP File Compression Benchmarks
Next up, we measured the time it took for Windows to compress a 500MB folder of music, movies, Web pages, and documents of various sizes and timed the operation until it completed. Bear in mind these tests have to be run several times in Vista for accurate results since the operating system has a proclivity for running background tasks that skew performance numbers.
Again, AMD’s two cores prove faster than Intel’s in this test, regardless of your graphics setup.