LAME MT and Sony Vegas
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV 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 created our own 223MB WAV file (a never-ending 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. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
It doesn't get any closer than this one folks. In our custom LAME MT benchmark, all three of the board put up the exact same score, regardless of whether the test was run in single- or multi-threaded mode.
Sony's Vegas DV editing software is heavily multithreaded as it processes and mixes both audio and video streams. This is a new breed of digital video editing software that takes full advantage of current dual and multi-core processor architectures.
The tables turned in the Sony Vegas video rendering benchmark; here the Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 trailed both the 975 Express powered Intel motherboard and EVGA's nForce 680i SLI. We have to note, however, that this benchmark will show different results between runs and the 18 second delta separating the first and last place finishers here shouldn't be considered significant.