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.
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.
There's not much to talk about here. In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding benchmark, all three of the boards we tested put up the exact same scores in both the single- and mult-threaded versions of this test.
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 DDR2-based Blitz Formula took the pole position in the Sony Vegas benchmark, followed by the P5K Deluxe (also DDR2), and finally the Blitz Extreme. There's only an 8 second delta separating the first and third place finishers, however, which is a negligible difference in this test. (It fluctuates by a few seconds inbetween each run.)