Media Encoding Tests
LAME 3.97a MT MP3 Encoder

This version of the LAME MP3 encoder is multi-threaded and takes advantage of two threads. 

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Because of the dependence on a single thread for the majority of the work in our LAME MP3 encoding test the Core i3-530 performs pretty close to even the most expensive competition.


Windows Media Encoder x64

WME is a great video encoding application that supports WMV9 HD codecs and more.

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The Core i3-530 continues to get bested by anything else released in the last two years but isn’t far off the mark.


VirtualDub

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.

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The Core i3-530, a dual-core HyperThreaded processor, is able to outperform the Core 2 Q8400 true quad-core processor but falls behind the Q9650 and the other Nehalem options.


Handbrake

Known mainly for its DVD re-encoding prowess, our test uses the Handbrake command line interface.

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Our Handbrake-based encoding application doesn’t make a great showcase for the Core i3-530…


7-Zip Compression

I decided to replace the WinRAR test with a more repeatable and threaded application, 7-Zip.

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The results in our 7-zip compression follow the same pattern we have seen all day…

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