Intel X48 Motherboard Round-up: ASUS, ECS, & Intel

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3DMark06 and LAME MT MP3 Encoding


3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance.  Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering.  The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.

 Futuremark 3DMark06 - CPU Test
 Simulated DirectX Gaming Performance

3Dmark06's CPU performance module reported scores that coincedentally followed our list of boards.  That means the Bonetrail 2 board gave us the lowest score, with the ECS X48T-A just a shade above it.  From there it was the three ASUS boards, with the Blitz Formula on top overall.  Again we found that the x48 boards were performing at similar levels.

 LAME MT MP3 Encoding Test
 Converting a Large WAV To MP3

LAME-MT is an open-source mid to high bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is used widely around the world in a multitude of third party applications. In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file and converted it to the MP3 format using this multi-thread capable application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Here, shorter times equate to better performance. 


There's really not much that can be said regarding the Lame Multi-Threaded encoding times: they're all too similar to make any kind of judgment.  If there's anything that does stand out, it would be that the two blips in the single-threaded testing both came when using ASUS boards.

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