Intel Woodcrest Performance Preview
Posted on: 05/17/2006 05:00 AM

TMPGEnc Plus v2.524.63.181
TMPGEnc Plus is a high quality MPEG-1/2 encoder that can be used by both beginners and professional users. With TMPGEnc Plus you can convert your files to DVD, Super Video CD (MPEG-2) and VideoCD (MPEG-1) format.

TMPGEnc is one of the best encoders available and is being used as a professional tool for many different solutions.
TMPGEnc is not the fastest MPEG encoder on the market, but in my experience it has proven to be the best balance of affordability and quality. It is also optimized for Xeon/Opteron class processors and SMP/SMT, so it is only logical to include it in our testing. For this test I converted a 1 minute 46 second (87mb), 1080p WMV file to NTSC DVD quality MPEG2. I used the NTSC DVD (16:9) template defaults with a 2-pass VBR encode and VBR PCM audio.

The Opterons hang right in there with Dempsey, but again, Woodcrest rules the roost. It amazes me that Irwindale is so completely trounced in this test. Less than six months ago, the Irwindale Xeons would've been my first choice for TMPGEnc. Funny how times change.

PCMark 2005
PCMark05 is everything you need to reliably and easily measure the performance of your PC and determine its strengths and weaknesses. With PCMark05, you will be able to select the optimal upgrades for your existing PC, or choose the right new PC that fits your specific needs. This easy-to-use product gives you the same tools and knowledge that virtually every professional tester in the industry uses.
PCMark05 has a lot of different benchmarks included in the suite, but I'm only going to focus on two of them today, the CPU Multithreaded tests. The CPU Multithreaded tests included in PCMark05 run multiple "applications" simultaneously, recording the throughput of each thread.

People who use dual processor machines have long known about the (to steal a phrase from my buddy Scott at the Tech Report) "creamy smoothness" of SMP. The ability to do multiple things at once without noticing a slow-down was what intially drew me into the SMP scene many years ago, but there was never really a way to quantify that experience. Until PCMark 2005 anyway.

The Opterons shine as more concurrent loads are added, but again, Woodcrest defeats all challengers.

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