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LAME MT and Sony Vegas

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. 

LAME MT MP3 Encoding Test
Converting a Large WAV To MP3

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

LAME MT processes a maximum of two threads simultaneously, which explains why the dual-core Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and pseudo-quad-core Quad-FX Athlon 64 FX-74 platform performed similarly in this test. Once again though, Intel's Core 2 processors put up the best scores, significantly outpacing the Athlons in both the single and multi-threaded test configurations.

Sony Vegas Digital Video Rendering Test
Video Rendering Performance

Sony's Vegas DV editing software is heavily multithreaded as it processes and mixes both audio and video streams. This is a new breed of digital video editing software that takes full advantage of current dual and multi-core processor architectures.

The Athlon 64 X2 6000+ completed the Sony Vegas rendering workload about half a minute faster than the Athlon 64 FX-62, but that was the only configuration it outperformed. Because this test is multi-threaded, the quad-core platforms put up the best scores, followed by Intel's dual-core Core 2 processors.

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