Asus P5WDG2-WS and P5WD2-E Premium - 975X Motherboard Showcase
WME Multi-Tasking & LAME MT
We continued our testing of Asus' 975X Express based motherboards with another Windows Media Encoder benchmark, but this test is very different from the one on the previous page. In this test, which 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 than the one on the previous page, hence the longer times reported below.
The Athlon 64 X2 4800+ powered machine smoked the Intel powered rigs by a wide margin in this test, but if we disregard that result the Asus P5WD2-E Premium was once again the fastest of the bunch, followed closely behind by the P5WDG2-WS, and then the Intel D975XBX.
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.
We know, we're beginning to sound like a broken record. But the numbers are the numbers. In our custom LAME MP3 encoding tests, whether running in single-thread or multi-thread mode, the Asus P5WD2-E Premium was the fastest of the bunch, followed very closely behind by Asus P5WDG2-WS, and then the D975XBX. This time however, the A8N32-SLI trailed the Intel-based rigs by a significant deficit.