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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.20.05]
Manufactured by: Intel


Video Encoding

For the most thorough testing possible, I decided to use two popular MPEG-4 video codecs. DivX 5.x is a commercial solution, and probably the most popular around. Xvid is based on the old OpenDivx code, and produces arguably better results.

Tests were performed by encoding a 1 GB VOB file from a DVD using DVD2AVI. Sound was not processed. Final encoding time is given in seconds:

The P4 definitely excels in DivX encoding. The extra cache of the 660 is definitely helping out here, almost reaching "Extreme" and "FX" levels.

Once again, you can see that the Pentium 4 truly excels in video encoding. If this is one of your primary uses for a PC, then it's obvious which way to go.

Roxio VideoWave Movie Creator 1.5

Throughout the review, we'll be posting results from Worldbench 5. Worldbench tests in "time to complete" and results are given in seconds, so lower is better:

Since VideoWave uses DivX, it's no surprize that the P4's excel in this test. And once again, the Northwood based 3.46 EE outperforms the higher clock speed of the 3.73 EE.

Windows Media Encoder 9.0

Another Worldbench 5 test:

Once again, the Prescott flexes its hyperthreading muscle, as the 660 and 560 are able to keep pace with the $1000 P4 Extreme and A64 FX55. The A64 3000+ is left in the dust.

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