Skyhawk echo-Q IMC6375 SFF PC
Windows Media Encoder 9 and 3DMark03
We continued our testing with another application from Futuremark, 3DMark03, and with a video encoding benchmark, Windows Media Encoder 9. In the WME9 test, we took a 416MB Digital Video file and encoded to a WMV9 format used for streaming video. Times were recorded in minutes and seconds, with lower times indicating better performance.
Surprisingly, the Skyhawk IMC6375 easily beat out the other two systems, finishing the video conversion in 3 minutes 25 seconds, 15 seconds faster than the nearest competitor. We were expecting some good "real-world" results based on the synthetic tests we had previously ran, but we were not expecting the IMC6375 to outperform the other systems by such a large margin.
It's not an actual game, but 3DMark03's built-in CPU test is a "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance among similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer, which is dependant on the host CPU's performance. This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator, are instead sent to the central processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.
Again we see a big disparity between the Skyhawk and other systems, even when configured with the same components. The Skyhawk IMC6375 scored 630 points in 3DMark03, 18 points better the Epox eX5-320S and 32 points higher than the Shuttle SB61G2. The margin of difference remained about the same with what we saw with the PCMark04 CPU test, so at least we're consistent.