GPU Assisted Media Conversion
Our second media encoding test takes a 4GB 1920x1080 file and converts it with Arcsoft Media Convertor 7 to iPad format with GPU assistance.
Our music conversion test takes an 18 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/thread, at any one time.
In these tests we again see the gap in performance between the desktop 2600/2500K CPUs and the M17x with the lowest specification CPU. As before we could of course add a higher specification model during the purchase process to close the gap but it is worth considering, as an example, that 40 seconds to convert a full 80minute CD is incredibly fast and achieved on the slowest CPU option.