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A New Kind Of Fast: AMD Athlon XP 2200+

MP3 Audio-Encoding: Lame MP3

The Lame MP3 Encoder under Windows XP is used to convert a 178 MB sound file from a WAV format to a "MPEG-1 Layer 3" format. The diagram shows that the AMD Athlon XP 2200+ reaches the performance level of a Pentium 4 with 2400 MHz. However, it cannot keep up with the top model from Intel, the P4/2533. Note: all overclocked processors are indicated by the grey bars and are used for reference purposes.

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MPEG-4 Video Encoding: XMpeg 4.5 And Divx 5.02 Pro

RAM performance is an important factor in MPEG-4 encoding. Here, the AMD Athlon XP 2200+, together with DDR333 (CL2, max. timing), is able to reach the performance of a P4/2400. By comparison, the Athlon 850 looks pretty outdated with approximately 16 fps. Note: all overclocked processors are indicated by the grey bars and are used for reference purposes.