Asus P5N32-SLI Deluxe nForce4 SLI X16 Intel Edition
Encoding Speed Tests
We continued testing with another module from World Bench 5, this time based on Windows Media Encoder 9. PC WorldBench 5's Windows Media Encoding test reports encoding times in seconds, and like the tests on the previous page, lower times indicate better performance here.
Five seconds. That's the spread in this test with both Asus boards at the "extremes". So far in our testing it appears that the nForce4-SLI boards are faring just a bit better than the i955x duo. Abit's AW8-MAX is right in the mix, but the P5WD2 has usually brought up the rear. Being one of the first retail i955X motherboards, it might not be as fully optimized as the later released AW8-MAX and certainly it's brethren, the P5N32-SLI, has a tiny bit more performance under the hood.
In our custom Lame MP3 encoding tests, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a very popular scenario that many end users work with on a regular basis, to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. In this test, we chose a large 223MB WAV file (a never-ending Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format. Processing times are recorded below. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
Not much can be said for the MP3 encoding tests. Each board completed the conversion in either 2 minutes 25 seconds or 2 minutes 26 seconds. Given some room for error, we may as well call this benchmark a four-way tie.