The next two benchmarks
we have for you, are both new to the HotHardware Testing
Labs. They are actual retail level applications that
are targeted at the 3D Graphics/Animation Professional and
Studio Quality Videographer markets.
Flask MPEG w/ DIVX 5.01 and Newtek LightWave
Encoding in DIVX
Video and Rendering 3D Scenes
Flask MPEG is a
Digital Video Stream conversion utility that takes input of
one video format and converts the file to another format.
We specifically took a 19MB MPEG 2 video clip (a clip from a
"Gomer Pyle" re-run to be exact) and converted it to DIVX
format using the latest DIVX Pro 5.01 Codec. Here are
"i850E, PC1066 and SiS645dx"
scores are representative of a 533MHz system bus
This test was
heavily weighted by system memory bandwidth. Both
scores for the PC1066 driven systems, beat out the two i850E
scores. In fact, once again the 2.4GHz PC1066 based
rig, bested the 2.53GHz i850E. Do we think Intel
should validate PC1066 memory with the i850E? You bet
your Octal Flip Flop we do! Then again, we think there
are a few motherboard manufacturers that are well on their
way to that regardless.
Lightwave 3D from Newtek, is 3D Modeler and
Rendering package that allows the user to design and render
impressive 3D images and scenes as well as set them in
motion. For benchmarking purposes, we loaded a 3D
rendered sample image entitled "Skull Head Newest". We
then hit the "F9" key to render the scene and let the on
board timer count down the minutes and seconds. Here
are the results.
"i850E, PC1066 and SiS645dx" scores are representative of a
533MHz system bus
In this test,
core clock speed ruled the roost and memory bandwidth played
only a small role. However, as you can see, the
Pentium 4 scores didn't vary much at all. As a matter
of fact, the Intel D850EMV2 i850E board scored behind the
i850 400MHz bus i850 board, perhaps indicating that the
TH7II-RAID's somewhat more aggressive CPU timings gave it
the edge. The SiS 645 puts up a respectable number and
the Athlon XP 2100+ received some serious "schooling" on
this test. The variance was so large that we're almost
suspect of Lightwave's CPU optimization techniques and we're
looking into these scores more closely.
3DMark 2001SE, Quake 3 and the conclusion