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CPU Roundup April 2010

CPU Roundup April 2010

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Media Encoding (Adobe Media Encoder / Easy CD-DA)

Video Encoding
Our Media Encoding test uses the latest CS4 software from Adobe. This software accesses all of the cores available on our processors and is therefore an ideal application for media enthusiasts. To test performance we run a 1920×1080 file (custom recording) through the encoder set to 1080p 24 HQ using the H.264 Blu-Ray codec within the application.

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Adobe Media Encoder CS4 is able to utilise multiple threads so the processors with more cores should perform much better in this test. The i3-530 performs better than the dual core AMDs and almost as well as the tri core model. The Athlon II X4 635 performed remarkably well in this test, converting the file in just over a minute.

Music Encoding
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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CD-DA converter is only able to utilise a single thread so there are few benefits to be gained by having multiple cores. The slight differences in clock speed of the AMD processors account for the slight differences in performance. The higher clocked dual core processers performing better than the lower clocked tri and quad core models. The i3-530 performed much better in this test than all the AMD processors, taking only 1 minute and 28 seconds to convert all 15 tracks.

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