Media Encoding – LAME MP3, DVD/DivX

A lot of us are creating our own media these days be it DVD backups or compilations of MP3s to carry on the road. Processing power and storage have become so cheap that it’s becoming more convenient to have a “jukebox” of media on couple gigs of HDD space than it is to shuffle discs around and accidentally using them as coasters.

The following tests convert about 12 minutes of DVD video (with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio) into DivX with AC3 5.1 audio and 54 minutes of music into 192kbps MP3s.

nForce 2 Socket A Motherboard Round-up - Motherboards 87
*Asus A7N8X-E memory at 202MHz, rest at 200MHz

The real interesting result here is the Asus A7N8X-E. It took almost a full extra minute to encode the same DVD samples as compared to the other 3 motherboards. To make sure this wasn’t an error, I tried this on another OS installation and yielded the same results. So if you extrapolate these results into a typical 2 hour DVD, it would take the A7N8X-E 7 minutes longer to encode compared to the others.

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