HP Blackbird 002 High Performance Gaming System
LAME MT: MP3 Encoding
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.
Our reference systems based on the Core 2 Extreme QX6850 and QX6800 finished our custom LAME MT encoding benchmark in the same amount of time due to their similar frequencies (2.93GHz vs. 3.0GHz). The Blackbird 002, however, thanks to its factory-overclocked 3.67GHz processor chewed through our LAME MT tests 5 (multi-threaded) and 7 (single-threaded) seconds faster than the stock systems.