LAME MT & Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source mid to high bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is used widely around the world in a multitude of third party applications.
In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a hallucinogenically-induced Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance
Our LAME MT results didn't really meet our expectations. Here, the LANShark Extreme posts the third fastest single-threaded time, but it posts the fastest multi-threaded time. Admittedly, there is only a couple seconds between the best times, but it still surprised us to see these results.
3DMark Vantage is the latest version of Futuremark's synthetic 3D gaming benchmark. This benchmark is constrained to Windows Vista-based systems because it uses some advanced visual technologies that come by means of DirectX 10, which isn't available on previous versions of Windows. With this latest version of the benchmark, Futuremark added two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, and several new feature tests, along with support for the latest PC hardware. We used the Performance preset for our test.
You can see in the above image that the LANShark Extreme managed an overall 3DMark Vantage score of P13721. In comparison, the Velocity Micro Z55 scored P12941 overall. Additionally, the LANShark Extreme posted a GPU Score of 13840 while the Velocity Micro Z55 scored 11760.