Media Encoding TestsLAME 3.97a MT MP3 Encoder
This version of the LAME MP3 encoder is multi-threaded and takes advantage of two threads.
The scores in our MP3 encoding test are pretty comforting.
Windows Media Encoder x64
WME is a great video encoding application that supports WMV9 HD codecs and more.
Both the Core 2 Duo E8500 and the Core 2 Quad Q8400 are bested by the new Core i5-661 – the first quad-core win for the new Clarkdale part!
VirtualDub is a great application for just about any kind of video conversion but our testing we are using the DivX codec to shrink a collection of videos.
Here we can see the benefits of SSE4 processing instructions as the Core i5-661 is able to beat out all of the Core 2 products.
Known mainly for its DVD re-encoding prowess, our test uses the Handbrake command line interface.
Clarkdale does fairly well in our DVD compression test but again is only faster than the Core 2 E8500.
I decided to replace the WinRAR test with a more repeatable and threaded application, 7-Zip.
The results in our 7-zip compression follow the same pattern we have seen all day…