Shuttle SD31P Small Form Factor XPC
Encoding Tests: LAMEMP3 and Windows Media Encoder 9
We continued testing the dual core Pentium D 820 with another module from World Bench 5, this time 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.
In the third World Bench 5 module, we found that not much had changed from the previous two results. Both systems are running neck and neck, with the Gigabyte board finishing just two seconds quicker on the average.
In our custom Lame MP3 encoding tests, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a very popular scenario that many end users work with on a regular basis, to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. In this test, we chose a large 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.
Only a single second separated the two systems, with the fastest time overall going to Shuttle SD31P. Like we saw with the World Bench 5 testing, the variance between the full-sized Gigabyte 8I945P-G and the SFF Shuttle SD31P is so slight that any differences in real-world usage would be hard to notice.