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Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz and AthlonXP 2000+ in the test: The battle of the titans

Intel Pentium 4 2.2 GHz and AthlonXP 2000+ in the test: The battle of the titans

FlaskMPEG

Of course, the processors were also allowed to show what they can do when encoding videos. For this, each of the opponents was allowed to bring a 451MB MPEG1 video into DiVX (MPEG4) format using Flask. The average frame rate achieved was recorded on paper. High quality bicubius filtering was used, with only the video stream being processed. TheAudio stream, however, remained unprocessed. MMX was used as the iDCT because all test candidates fully support this multimedia command extension.

Flask MMX
Flask SSE2/3DNow

The Pentium4 can also handle 2.2 GHz with Flask its superior clock frequency shine. Almost three frames per second separate it and the Athlon XP. In comparison, the slower Pentium 4 has to line up at the lower end.

Lame

The second encoding discipline was the dynamic conversion of a 200 MB WAV file into the MP3 audio format. The Lame 3.90 program, which only supports MMX, was used for this. The program was started with the parameters -v -V 0. This creates an MP3 file with a variable bit rate between 160 kbps and 320 kbps.

Lame

When encoding a WAV file, the Pentium 4 and the Athlon XP go head to head, which the Athlon can decide in his favor. Here it becomes very clear that the Pentium 4 misses its SSE optimization. The result is the second and, for the 2GHz variant, the fourth place shared with the Athlon XP 1800+.

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