Firefox & WME MT and WinZip 10
For our next test, we moved on to another module built-into WorldBench v6.0 that's based on Windows Media Encoder. WorldBench 6's Windows Media Encoder and Firefox multi-tasking test reports encoding times in seconds, and like the tests on the previous page, lower times indicate better performance.
In this test, a video is encoded using Windows Media Encoder 9, while an instance of the Firefox browser is running and navigating through various cached pages in the background. Because the system is multi-tasking with two different applications, this test is more taxing than just running one instance of WME.
Here's one that we weren't expecting. In WorldBench's multi-tasking WME9 / Firefox test, the V8 rig was the worst performer of the bunch. It seems memory bandwidth and latency play a larger role in this test - two areas where the V8 rig is lacking in comparison to its competition.
In WorldBench v6.0's WinZip 10 benchmark module, a large group of files is compressed into a single .ZIP file using the popular WinZip application. Once again, lower times indicate better performance here.
The V8 rig jumped back into the pole position in WorldBench 6.0's WinZip v10 benchmark, albiet by a very small margin. In this test, it completed the workload 3 seconds faster than the QX6800 and 57 seconds faster than QuadFX.