should I use my Intel or AMD system for MP3 encoding 13 replies

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carl4286

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#1 13 years ago

My grandpa (quite a handful) has just given me a new 80GB external hard drive, an iPod photo, and about 250 CDs and instructed me to convert every single song of every single CD into an MP3, save them on the 80GB hard drive, and copy them over to his iPod. Since there are 250 CDs, and I want the process to go as quickly as possible, I was wondering which of my systems I should use for the encoding. I will be using iTunes to convert the CD's into MP3's. Pentium 4 3.2GHz w/ 800MHz FSB and HT tech (s775) Intel i915G chipset 1GB DDR2 PC2-3200 RAM Integrated Intel Extreme graphics (uses CPU time and some of systems RAM) 40GB 7200RPM hdd or Athlon64 3500+ winchester 2.2GHz nVidia nForce4 Ultra chipset 1GB DDR PC3200 @ 2.5-3-3-8 2T (rated at 2.5-3-3-6 1T but havent had time to change) XFX 6800GT 36.7GB WD raptor Now I know that the AMD option is better for GAMING, but remember, I want the fastest system for MP3 encoding. Please dont post with mere speculation, only if you have an idea what your talking about. Thanks for the help.




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#2 13 years ago

Id say it doesnt matter. 250 CDs will take an awfull lot of time anyway. The need to interact with the process, change CDs and use the software interface slows everything down. Unless you have software written for your specific purpose and a robot CD changer.Those things are cool :)




carl4286

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#3 13 years ago

I figured it might not make much of a difference, but if it takes an hour to convert a CD on my AMD system and 15 minutes to convert a CD on my Intel system, then it becomes an issue.




C38368

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#4 13 years ago

Nice, skewed times. When I get a new CD, it follows this pattern: -Rip the CD to FLAC with EAC -Convert the FLAC files to VBR MP3 with dBpowerAMP -Copy the MP3 files to my Karma It takes, on a P4 ticking at 3.12GHz, about 12 minutes for the whole deal. An AMD rig won't do it any faster or slower. They're audio files, not VOBs.




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#5 13 years ago

Theoretically Intel is faster, but newer AMD processors have a significant performance increase.

I would be interested in seeing the effects of Hyper Threading on this issue. I'm sure C38368 has disabled HT, and left it alone. After all, a lot of benchmarks say it is a lot slower. If it is slower all around, then what potential did Intel see in it?

If HT did happen to be enabled, then might it be slowing the P4 down?




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#6 13 years ago

I reckon that instead of asking what system will be faster at doing it, you should just start converting them, it will take a while ;)




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#7 13 years ago

With my computer (3500+ winchester) I am usually partway into the second song on the CD by the time it is done ripping into AAC with iTunes. I have never actually timed it, but that should be about 5 minutes or so for a CD of average length.

On a side note, my grandpa has never owned a CD in his life. Why would he want one of those new fangled deviced when the polka he listens to is on cassette? He also refuses to get a DVD player for his new plasma television (go figure!) because he doesn't want to spend money rebuying all the westerns he has on VHS as DVDs. He bought the plasma on a whim because lightning shorted out his old television (which he had since before I was born) and he thought the plasma looked cool.




C38368

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#8 13 years ago

Correction: My earlier post was a little optimistic. I rip in Secure mode, which reads two or three times and checks each bit for accuracy. As such, it can take up to around 20-25 minutes to rip some albums (initally into a WAV). FLAC trandscoding takes seconds, and transcoding an album from FLAC to MP3 takes 6-8 minues.

Monster_userTheoretically Intel is faster, but newer AMD processors have a significant performance increase.

Intel's vaunted better-ness in encoding really doesn't show until you get to video, though. Songs are usually small enough for differences to be in seconds, and a speed (or rating) advantage on AMD's part can pretty well overcome it, for audio

I would be interested in seeing the effects of Hyper Threading on this issue. I'm sure C38368 has disabled HT, and left it alone. After all, a lot of benchmarks say it is a lot slower. If it is slower all around, then what potential did Intel see in it?

Actually, I leave HT on :) Generally speaking, HT is a Good Thing to have available to you, because most of the time the worst it'll do is nothing. There are a few situations where it hurts to have it. These are usually when you're running a lot of applications, or a few Very Big Apps alongside a single CPU-hog: something like encoding/decoding/shrinking a DVD while viewing 10 websites, four of which are Flash-happy. In situations like that, the OS's scheduler will try to stick the DVD work on one core and everything else on the other, happily oblivious to the fact that there's only one pipeline. That sort of behaviour tends to kill performance. While disabling HT will hurt your web browsing in the above example, but it will reduce the time it takes to work on the DVD.

f HT did happen to be enabled, then might it be slowing the P4 down?

For audio, not likely. Transcoding heats up the CPU pretty well, but in my experience it doesn't hog the CPU enough to hurt performance in a noticeable way.




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#9 13 years ago

I'm a proud AMD owner. Use the AMD one, it's a bit quicker then your outdated intel inside processor.




WarDog21

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#10 13 years ago
C38368-Convert the FLAC files to VBR MP3 with dBpowerAMP

Did you purchase dBpowerAMP? Or are you on the trial? My trial period ended a while ago and i tried redonloading the trial a couple more times but it wont work...thats a good program too.




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