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PCMark05 and LAME MP3

PCMark05 Performance Test
Not the gamers benchmark

What 3DMark is to games, Futuremark's PCMark05 is to desktop applications. Like 3DMark, PCMark runs a series of various tests, but PCMark is more sensitive to available memory bandwidth, processor speed, and disk I/O but is less dependant on graphics performance.

The ASUS A8N SLI Deluxe board we used for comparison is able to take the lead here, but not by much. So far we're fairly impressed with the ability of ATI's CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset, as it's holding up well against the much more mature nForce 4 SLI Chipset from Nvidia.

LameMP3 Performance Test
Music crunching with speed

LameMP3 is an excellent, and free, MP3 Encoding tool. We enjoy using this benchmark as we're sure many of our readers are interested in how fast a system can encode a large digital audio file into the MP3 format.


The ASUS board once again comes in slightly ahead, with a one second differential between the two motherboards. At this point we're starting to wonder if we'll be able to find a test that will clearly show a performance lead from one board over the other, which is typically the case with Athlon 64 motherboards due to the processor's on-die memory controller.

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