Lame MP3 Encoding
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to MP3 format, which is a very popular scenario that many end users work with on a daily 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 MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times were recorded and are shown in seconds below. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
We couldn't pinpoint the cause, but the MSI P6N SLI Platinum schooled the Abit Fatal1ty here in both the single-thread and multi-thread tests here. We verified the results a couple of times and are reporting what we experienced, but are unsure what caused the discrepinacy. None of the other benchmarks showed variations of this magnitude.