Windows Media Encoder 9 Test
Our benchmark gauntlet continues with a video encoding/conversion benchmark using Windows Media Encoder 9. In this test, we took a 416MB Digital Video file and encoded to WMV9 format. Run times were recorded in Minutes:Seconds, with lower times again indicating better performance.
Windows Media Encoder is both heavily SSE optimized and a multi-threaded application. In addition, it is also very memory bandwidth intensive. This is one application where the desktop CPUs, especially the Pentium 4 completely dominate the Pentium M. There is no contest, even overclocked at 2.5GHz for the Pentium M. At stock speed, a 2GHz Pentium M comes in a full minute behind the high end P4s.