Audio encoding puts so little stress on today's systems that we need to encode an entire movie sound track simply to get a meaningful benchmark time. Apple's iTunes program encoded the track in only a minute and a half on our high-end configuration.
Lame converted the entire movie soundtrack to MP3 in only two minutes, 19 seconds.
TMPG converted five minutes of MPEG video to the high-compression Divx format in just over half the time. Xvid 1.1.2, on the other hand, is rather old, and isn't likely optimized for multi-core processing.
CloneDVD shrunk an entire movie from DVD9 to DVD4.7 format in only seven minutes.
- Getting Ahead Of The Curve
- Processor: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
- Graphics Cards: Two Gigabyte GeForce 8800GTX In SLI
- Hard Drives: Two Western Digital Caviar WD7500AAKS
- Case: Silverstone Temjin TJ09-BW
- CPU Cooling: Swiftech Liquid Cooling Components
- Power Supply: Cooler Master RS-850-EMBA
- Component Installation
- Component Installation, Continued
- Test System Configuration
- Benchmark Results