Encoding Tests

By Joel Durham Jr.  |  Posted 2002-01-29 Print this article Print

Encoding puts a lot of strain on the system processor and the memory subsystem. Notice in the MPEG test that the troubled Soyo K7ADA pulled ahead for this benchmark, but not by a convincing margin. This could mean that the ALi MAGiK1 chipset manages to eek a bit more efficiency out of the CPU in Windows 2000.

Under Windows Me, the Soyo came out last in both the Windows Media Encoder and Quicktime Encoder tests, the former by about six percent, and the latter by about 7 percent. Though the margins are narrow, comparing the Soyo boards encoding performance between the two operating systems would appear to indicate that the K7ADA makes more efficient use of the system processor through the Windows 2000s NT kernel than it does through Windows Mes 9x kernel.

Meanwhile, both the DFI and the Gigabyte boards showed excellent encoding performance in Windows Me. Among the KT266A boards, the ABIT KR7A RAID and the ECS K7VTA3 were collectively the least efficient motherboards.

Joel Durham Jr. has loved computers, technology, and gaming since he was a kid, first enjoying the wonders of the Atari 2600 and later indulging in the fabulous graphics of the Commodore 64. His lust for all things technical drove him to eventually seek employment: he landed a job at Computer Concepts, a Rochester-based PC consulting and repair firm, where the company president took Joel on as his apprentice. Within a year, Joel was running the service shop, installing networks for clients, and building systems with glee.

A writer at heart, Joel longed for the glory of seeing his words in print, so in 1997 he left his shop to take a job as PC Gamer's first Technical Editor. After leaving that post to flee the ridiculous cost of living in northern California, Joel worked mostly as a freelance tech writer, taking a year-long break from the mercenary life to telecommute to CNET as the Senior Technical Editor of the now-sadly-defunct Gamecenter. Residing in Upstate New York with his family, Joel repeatedly flung himself at ExtremeTech (which often used his freelance services over the years) until he convinced them to hire him.


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