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WorldBench Multi-task and MP3 Encoding


We continued our comparison of the AB9 Pro and DQ6 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

Staying consistent with the previous two WorldBench tests, the two boards post scores within 5% of each other. The 14 seconds the AB9 Pro manages to shave off of the DQ6's time is a bit more than what we saw before.

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.

The DQ6 just can't catch a break, as the AB9 Pro wins again, in both the single-threaded and multi-threaded tests. The 1-2 second difference between the two boards doesn't seem like much but it could add up if your in the habit of encoding huge amounts of MP3s in one go.

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