Encoding is something most of us do on a fairly regular basis and it is a good way to monitor any fluctuations in performance across the range of motherboards on test today.
One of our favourite tools is the excellent, free Handbrake. HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.
We extracted a VOB file from the DVD of AVATAR and then converted it to MP4 at quality settings.
The results show that the MSI board actually performs faster than the Gigabyte with handbrake conversion, by around 8 seconds. We were disappointed to see the Asrock board take considerably longer. This would hardly be noticeable by the ‘average’ user, but if transcoding/encoding was a primary task for your system you could save time by opting for the MSI board.
TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress is easy to use, yet has a deep set of options for advanced encoding techniques. It is also full of editing features to enhance or alter your video clips before converting. We used the latest 220.127.116.114 for our testing today. We converted an AVATAR MPEG2 to MPEG4 and recorded the time taken.
Again we get the best results from the MSI board today with a 4 second differential over the 14-15 minute time frame.