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Painting a New Picture of Pentium 4: Tweaked MPEG4 Encoding

Benchmark Setup

Hardware Setup
Pentium 4 Platform
MotherboardAsus P4T motherboardIntel 850 Chipset
ProcessorPentium 4 1.5 GHz
Memory256 MB Samsung 45ns RDRAM, 2x 128 RIMMs
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS 32 MB Reference Card
Operating SystemWindows 2000 Professional SP1
Pentium III Platform
MotherboardAsus CUSL2 motherboardIntel 815 Chipset
ProcessorPentium III 1 GHz
Memory256 MB Wichman WorkX PC133 SDRAM, 2x 128 MB DIMMs, 2-2-2-5/7
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS 32 MB Reference Card
Operating SystemWindows 2000 Professional SP1
AMD Athlon Platform
MotherboardGigabyte GA-7DX Rev. 1.3 motherboardAMD 760 Chipset w/ VIA Southbridge
ProcessorAthlon 1.2 GHz, 133 MHz Bus
Memory256 MB Infineon DDR-SDRAM, 1x 256 MB DIMM, CL 2
Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 2 GTS 32 MB Reference Card
Operating SystemWindows 2000 Professional SP1

Due to the urgency of this article I refrained from running the tests at several different clock speeds of Pentium 4 for the time being. The Pentium 4 at 1.5 GHz should suffice to make the point. I also left out Athlon 1200 on KT133 for the same reason.

The file to be encoded to MPEG4 is a piece of 'Romeo Must Die' in the DVD-typical 'VOB'-format. I used the DivX ;-) codec rev. 3.11.