DFI LANPARTY LGA775 Showcase: The 925X-T2 & 875P-T
3DMark05 & Windows Media Encoder
We continued our testing with another application from Futuremark, 3DMark05, and with a video encoding benchmark, Windows Media Encoder 9. In the WME9 test, we took a 416MB Digital Video file and encoded to WMV9 format. Times were recorded in minutes:seconds, with lower times indicating better performance.
Our custom Windows Media Encoder 9 benchmark showed quite a bit of a performance delta separating the 925 and i875 powered motherboards. The DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 and Intel D925XECV2 were both able to complete the encode process in 2 minutes 20 seconds. But the DFI LANPARTY 875P-T and Shuttle SB775G5 took 2 minutes 30 seconds and 2 minutes 31 seconds to complete the very same process. If video encoding is one of the primary uses for your computer, you'll definitely want to look into a 925X based motherboard.
It's not an actual game, but 3DMark05's built-in CPU test is a "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance among similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer, which is dependant on the host CPU's performance. This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.
3DMark05's CPU Performance tests also put the 925X powered systems ahead of their i875 equipped counterparts. The DFI LANPARTY 925X-T2 and Intel D925XECV2 posted 3DMark05 CPU scores roughly 100 points higher than the LANPARTY 875P-T and Shuttle SB775G5. 100 points equates to roughly a 2% performance delta though, which actually falls within the margin of error in this test.