Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 & Gigabyte 8I945P-G
WME 9 and LAME MP3 Testing
We continued our testing of the with a video encoding benchmark based on Windows Media Encoder 9. In this test, we ran the Windows Media Encoder 9 portion of the WorldBench 5 suite with encoding times were recorded in seconds. Lower times indicate better performance.
The picture we saw with the first two WorldBench modules changed with the Windows Media Encoder test, which has multithreaded facets to the test. Here the 945's all competed closely, with the Foxconn board delivering the best score followed by the Intel reference model and then the Gigabyte GA-8I945P-G. In this test, the Athlon 3200+ was lapped by no less than 83 seconds.
In our custom Lame MP3 encoding test, we convert a large digital audio 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 chose a large 223MB WAV file (a never-ending Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format. Processing times are recorded below. Shorter times equate to better performance.
With MP3 encoding, we saw the Athlon 3200+ gain ground again, offering the only score under two minutes. With the three 945 systems, the Gigabyte GA-8I945PP-G completed the test the fastest, followed by the Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 and the Intel 945G. Again, the 945s were tightly grouped, with a mere 2 second variation between the fastest and slowest results.