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.
LAME MT uses only two threads in the multi-threaded test, hence the similar performance between the V8 rig and the QX6800 here. Only one second separated the QX6800 and V8 rigs in our custom single-threaded LAME MT test, in the V8 system's favor. In the multi-threaded test we had a similar 1 second performance delta separating the QX6800 and V8, but this time around the desktop CPU put up the better score. In both tests, the QuadFX righ brought up the rear.