Data Compression and Audio Encoding
Our own custom WinRAR benchmark, this test takes a large 650 MB text file and compresses it with the highest compression option.
This test does basically the same thing in the World Bench suite but with WinZIP instead.
LAME MT MP3 Encoding
This custom test uses the LAME MT engine to benchmark encoding a 650 MB WAV file into a standard 128 kbps MP3 file. We used the Microsoft compiler for the most fair results.
MusicMatch Jukebox 7.10
This World Bench test also encodes ripped WAV files into MP3 using the popular MusicMatch software.
In our data compression tests, the ATI and NVIDIA motherboards swap blows. Both the LAME MT and MusicMatch audio encoding tests show both motherboards in a dead heat here again as we would expect to see in CPU-bound benchmarks like this.