Sapphire PURE Innovation PI-A9RX480
Windows Media Encoder & LAME
We continued testing the Sapphire Pure Innovation PI-A9RX480 with a benchmark based on Windows Media Encoder 9. PC WorldBench 5's Windows Media Encoding test reports encoding times in seconds, and like the tests on the previous page, lower times indicate better performance here.
Talk about a photo finish. In WordBench 5.0's built-in Windows Media Encoder 9 benchmark module, both the Radeon Xpress 200 powered Sapphire PI-A9RX480 and the nForce 4 powered Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI completed the tests in the same amount of time -- 306 seconds. No advantage for either AMD based test system here.
In our custom Lame 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. Processing times are recorded below. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
Our custom LAME MP3 encoding benchmark was a virtual dead-heat as well. In this test, the Gigabyte K8NXP-SLI slipped past the Sapphire Pure Innovation PI-A9RX480 by about a second, a difference that falls well within the margin of error in this test.