MP3 Encoding and PCMark05 Tests

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.

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PCMark05

PCMark, from the makers of the 3DMark series, tests various aspects of the system and reports the results back in a normalized score.

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Update!  Those scores need to be reversed: the faster score (lower) should be for multi-threaded results and the slower scores for single threaded runs.

The EVGA nForce 650i Ultra does a very good job on the MP3 encoding tests as well and is able to outpace these other platforms (as it should!).  The PCMark05 scores are very impressive from the NVIDIA nForce 650i Ultra chipset here with the exception of the hard drive scores that somehow fall behind both the AMD and Intel chipsets.

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