LAME MT: MP3 Encoding
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.
The Asus CrossHair and M2N32-SLI motherboard finished our custom single- and multi-threaded LAME MT benchmark in exactly the same amount of time in both configurations. Real-World scenarios like this are part of the reason we don't harp over tiny differences in performance in synthetic benchmarks.
We should also note that the Intel-powered machines were the fastest here, but we've included those numbers only as a reference point.