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Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 & Q9450 in the test: The Ferrari among CPUs

Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 & Q9450 in the test: The Ferrari among CPUs

Video encoding

Nero Recode

Even if the Blu-ray Disc (BD) and High Density-DVD (HD-DVD) are already preparing the successors of the DVD for the starting shot, the dominant position will bethe DVD will not be broken for the foreseeable future. Last but not least, the broad base of installed DVD players and recorders as well as the high price of the newcomers will ensure this.

The DVD is and will remain the medium of first choice for the time being, especially when it comes to releasing new films. The duplication of media (not copy-protected) for data backup is just as important. Since films are usually delivered on a DVD-9 (two-layer) with a capacity of 8.5 GB, they must be re-encoded so that they fit on a standard DVD-5 with 4.7 GB capacity. In order for this to be successful, the quality of the video available as MPEG2 is reduced accordingly. Software for shrinking a DVD-Video generally benefits from multiple processor cores.

In our test, the main film of a DVD is recalculated with the help of Nero Recode. German 5.1 and English 5.1 are used unchanged as sound tracks. The result is a version with menu that can be played regularly in the DVD player. Nero sets the specific program parameters automatically. We decided in favor of Nero Recode because the application benefits from processors with more than one core and is part of the widespread and current 'Nero 8' suite.

Nero Recode DVD -9 to DVD-5
Unit: minutes, seconds
    • Core 2 Extreme QX9770
      3:19
    • Core 2 Extreme QX9650
      3:29
    • Core 2 Extreme QX6850
      3:35
    • Core 2 Quad Q9450
      3:37
    • Core 2 Quad Q6700
      3:37
    • Core 2 Quad Q6600
      3:51
    • Core 2 Duo E6850
      4:27
    • Core 2 Extreme X6800
      4:38
    • Core 2 Duo E6750
      4:47
    • Core 2 Duo E6600
      5:18
    • Core 2 Duo E6420
      5 : 48

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