Budget CPU Shootout: Clash of the 'ronsby Derek Wilson on December 4, 2003 10:55 AM EST
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DivX EncodingAs we have done before, we used Gordian Knot to encode Chapter 9 of the movie, The Sum of all Fears, with the DivX 5.1 codec. Again, we did a 2-pass encoding and averaged the frame rates of the two passes to get our score.
Generally, encoding is an area where Intel's processors shine, but this time, it's a different story. Only the fastest Celerons that we tested were able to keep up with the slowest AMD processors. The 2.6GHz Celeron only beats the 1.6GHz Duron by about half a frame per second. When we saw this test stacking up the way it has, we lost hope in any Celeron keeping up with even the least expensive AMD processors in any test.