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LAME MP3 Multi-threaded Encoding

In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source mid to high bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is used widely around the world in a multitude of third party applications.

LAME MT MP3 Encoding Test
Audio Encoding with Up To Two Threads of Processing

In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a hallucinogenically-induced 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, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance

In this test there was very little separation between the X58/Core i7-based motherboards in our test group.  However, the EVGA board, for whatever reason, was able to complete the multi-threaded run a couple of seconds faster than the Gigabyte and Intel boards and offer a photo-finish win versus the Asus board.  Obviously this performance variance in negligible though.  It's also interesting to note that the Core i7 is close to 20% faster than the Core 2 Quad in this usage model.

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