Our music conversion test takes a 15 track lossless album and converts it using CD-DA convertor into 128Kbps Mp3 format.
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By today’s standards audio encoding is a fairly basic task which is incredibly fast on most recent CPUs. Having said that there can still be time saving benefits when converting lossless files into a more portable size for use on MP3 players. This type of conversion is reasonably common and so it is useful to know how our new processors will handle the task. In the case of the i7-920 it is able to encode a full albums worth of content in less than four minutes though this is a little slower than the X9770, a win for the brute force of the 3.2GHz clock over the finesse of the lower end i7’s new architecture. This proves not to be an issue with the 965EE as its increased specifications and clockspeed allow it to finish 10 seconds ahead of the X9770.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.
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