ASUS M2R32-MVP vs ECS KA3 MVP Extreme: CrossFire Xpress 3200 Shootout
LAME MT MP3 Encoding & Futuremark 3DMark06
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we converted a large WAV file to MP3 format. In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file 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.
This test is so dependant on the CPU, significant variations are rarely seen when the same CPU is used. In this case, the same rings true with both boards essentially tied in performance.
3DMark06's test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of different 3D scenes that are generated with a software and hardware GPU renderers, which is also dependant on the host CPU's performance. In its CPU tests, the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the host processor. GPU rendering tests employ a mix of SM2.0, SM3.0 and HDR techniques and effects.
As with many of the other tests, the ASUS board enjoys a small lead over the ECS KA3 Extreme, although the margins are very close. In this case, the ASUS board topped the ECS model by only 7 points.