Asus A7M266-D, MSI K7D Master-L and Tyan Tiger MPX in the test: First look at AMD's dual mainboards
- 1 Foreword
- The subjects
- 2 The A7M266-D from Asus
- 3 The MSI K7D Master-L
- 4 The Tyan Tiger MPX
- 5 The test setup
- The test software
- 11 Overclocking
- 12 costs
- impressions & conclusion
Now we come to the most interesting tests. First of all, converting WAV files to MP3 format. Since the MP3 codecs do not allow the computation to be split between more than one CPU, Waver took a different approach. Waver always calculates two WAV files at once. A WAV file is encoded on each CPU. If one is finished before the other, which is the case if both WAV files are not of the same length, the system automatically continues with the next WAV file. This cuts the time it takes to encode WAV files in half the time when more than one file needs to be converted. For the test we used the same WAV file with a size of 200 MB, which we converted into MP3 format at the same time.
- Blade 0.94:
- Lame 3.87:
This time the MSI was able to stand out from the rest of the test field. With the Frauenhofer MP3 codec and the Lame codec, the MSI is clearly ahead. The MSI only fell back to third place with the blade codec. It is also interesting that the otherwise fast Asus could not score here as the fastest board.
With the popular conversion of a DVD into a DivX-AVI file, we want to check here, whether a dual-processor mainboard is particularly worthwhile. We used a normal DVD, here the movie Star Trek V, and converted it directly into the new DivX5 format. Our goal was that the final file size does not exceed 700 MB.
Therefore we have made the following settings:
- Output format :
- Video: DivX 5 Pro, 1-pass, 800 kbps, key: 12 frames
- Audio: MPEG Layer-3, 128 Kbit/s, 48 KHz, Stereo
- Project options:
- Format 720x576, Optimized MMC iDCT, RGB, MMX Bilinear, Trim to 720x352
- File size:
- Target : max. 700 MB
- DVD (Star Trek V) to DivX5:
Again clearly seen here, all three mainboards complete this task in almost the same time or with the same number of images per second. Again, the Asus is a touch ahead of the other two mainboards.
SETI @ home
For all of our Setians who are eager to get a dual-processor mainboard now in half of the Time to crunch (calculate) a WU (work unit), let us say that Seti is not dual processor capable. In our test, we had the same standard WU calculated twice with AR 0.417. The result of the time used relates to two calculated WUs. This means that two WUs are calculated in the time of one.
- Standard WU AR 0.417:
The Asus shows its class again here, which calculated the two WUs in 3 hours 34 minutes. But the MSI also achieved its time very well with its 3:37 hours. Unfortunately, only the Tyan did not manage to get under the 4 hour mark. 4:06 hours the result for the Tyan.
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