Shuttle SB77G5
Posted on: 01/15/2005 06:00 AM

For audio encoding, we turn to the venerable LAME mp3 encoder. It's known more for its mp3 encoding quality than its performance, but we've used it for a long while and we see no real reason to stop. As a test file, I dug out the same 35MB wav file that Cory used for his review of Intel's 900-series chipsets. Let's take a look at the results.

Both of these machines are quite capable of encoding mp3s at a high rate of speed. That said, it's clear that once again the reference system takes the victory. For general use, I have been quite pleased with my 915-based system (it had been acting as my main content-creation box until recently). These results have opened my eyes a little as I didn't think it would be this much faster than my previous i875P-based box.

For our video encoding test, we turned to Auto Gordian Knot (AutoGK). AutoGK is capable of encoding to either DivX or Xvid video formats, and either AC3 or mp3 audio. For this test I picked the formats that I'm most comfortable with - Xvid video and CBR mp3. Our test video was an episode of the excellent anime series Noir. I set AutoGK to produce a 175 mb file with 128 kbps CBR mp3 audio.

The Shuttle SB77G5 won, right? No, sadly it lost again to the 915G-based system. A ~6 minute delta here is relatively substantial given the size of the test file. Go 915G?

Now that we have all of these pesky benchmarks out of the way, let's conclude the review with an overview of my experiences with the SB77G5.

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