Asus P5W DH Deluxe, 975X Core 2 Duo Ready Motherboard
WME9 / Mozilla MT and Lame MP3 MT
We continued our testing of Asus' P5W DH Deluxe motherboard with a Windows Media Encoder benchmark that is is also part of the Worldbench 5.0 suite, a video is encoded using Windows Media Encoder, while an instance of the Mozilla browser is also running and navigating through various cached pages. Because the system is multi-tasking with two different applications, this test is more taxing and representative of a common multitasking end user experience.
In our final WorldBench 5 test, the Athlon 64 X2 system is completely out-classed by its Conroe driven counterparts. The two Intel based boards are almost twice as fast in this test, and again, the P5W DH Deluxe from Asus is neck-and-neck with the Intel D975XBX motherboard.
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.
This time the Asus P5W DH scores a first place slot in our Lame MP3 encoding tests, whether in single-threaded or multi-threaded mode but it is definitely not a photo finish like we have seen previously, with the advantage going to Asus by about 10% in our multi-threaded test.