Our music conversion test takes a 15 track lossless album and converts it using dBpoweramp into 128Kbps Mp3 format. dBpoweramp is a multi-threaded application which allows us to convert a track on each core, at any one time.
dBpoweramp is a multi-threaded application mainly uses 4 CPU cores, though some work does occur on additional threads. When comparing the 975 and 980X in this application we see a small increase in performance on the new CPU which brings our total conversion time down to 38s. Thankfully it is possible to run multiple instances of the application at the same time and in this scenario we can utilise the potential of the 980X to a greater extent. By assigning tracks to each instance of the program we are able to drop the conversion time to just 26 seconds. That’s 15 tracks of lossless music to 128Kbps MP3 in 26 seconds, quite staggering.
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.
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK vs. MSI Z97 Gaming 5 vs Asus Maximus VII Hero
It is probably fair to say that Intel don't stealth launch their products... sure they have NDAs but by the time those expire we know pretty much everything about a new product. Part of this is of their own...