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WME Multi-Tasking & LAME MT

We continued our testing with another Windows Media Encoder benchmark, but this test is very different from the one on the previous page. In this test, which is also part of the Worldbench 5.0 suite, a video is encoded using Windows Media Encoder 9, while an instance of the Mozilla browser is running and navigating through various cached web pages. Because the system is multi-tasking with two different applications, this test is more taxing than the one on the previous page, hence the longer times reported below.

Windows Media Encoder 9 & Mozilla Multi-Tasking
More Digital Video Encoding

The multi-tasking Windows Media Encoder 9 test has the AMD based systems finishing in the opposite order as the standalone test. Here, the Radeon Xpress 200 took the lead, followed 1 second behind by the CrossFire Xpress 3200, and then the nForce 4 SLIX16. Again though, only 3 seconds separated the "best" and "worst" AMD scores here, which isn't a large enough margin to be considered significant. The Intel powered system was clearly smoked by the competition, however.

LAME MT MP3 Encoding Test
Converting a Large WAV To MP3

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.

In our custom LAME MP3 encoding benchmark, once again, the AMD based systems we tested all performed at very similar levels, with only a couple of seconds separating them. The Intel system produced the best results, however, besting the fastest AMD rig by about 9 seconds in both the single and multi-threaded tests.

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