ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe - nForce 4 SLI X16 Unleashed
Windows Media Encoder 9 & LAME MP3
We continued testing the ASUS A8N32 SLI Deluxe with the benchmark module based on Windows Media Encoder 9. PC World Bench 5's Windows Media Encoding test reports encoding times in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance.
Once again the A8N32 SLI Deluxe takes last place versus its other ASUS counterparts and the MSI board but again with only what could be considered an inconsequential shortcoming of approximately 1%.
In our custom Lame MP3 encoding test, we convert a WAV digital audio 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 chose a large 223MB file (a never-ending Grateful Dead jam) and converted it into an MP3 file type. Processing times are recorded below. Shorter times equate to better performance.
Our Lame MP3 encoding test is largely dependent upon raw CPU horsepower and memory bandwidth. It takes zero explanation to note that, as far as raw audio conversion goes, all of these boards are to be considered created equal.