Intel P35 Express Comparison: ASUS & Gigabyte

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WorldBench Multi-task & LAME MP3 Benchmarks

We continued our comparison of the ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards with a Windows Media Encoder benchmark that is is also part of the Worldbench 5.0 suite, a video is encoded using Windows Media Encoder, while an instance of the Mozilla browser is also running and navigating through various cached pages. Because the system is multi-tasking with two different applications, this test is more taxing and representative of a common multitasking end user experience.

Windows Media Encoder 9 & Mozilla Multi-Tasking
Digital Video Encoding With Web Browser Multitasking

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The gap between the boards gets even more narrow in the multimedia test. The two boards post scores within 1% of each other. Once again, during real-world usage, the performance difference would be completely unnoticeable.

LAME MT MP3 Encoding Test
Converting a Large WAV To MP3
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.

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The same trend continues in our LameMT MP3 encoding test. The ASUS P5K3 Deluxe edges out the Gigabyte P35T-DQ6 to take first place.
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