Audio and Video Encoding
Yes! Our patience has finally been rewarded! This is the application where Pentium Extreme Edition 840 appears the fastest processor. I am talking about a multi-threaded version of the mp3 Lame codec.
Mainconcept, DivX and XviD codecs support multi-threading. However, the system with Pentium Extreme Edition 840 CPu appears quite slow because of the low core clock frequency of this processor.
The situation in Windows Media Encoder is a little bit better. Here Pentium Extreme Edition 840 outperforms even Pentium 4 660. However, the indisputable leader here is still Athlon 64 X2 4800+, which leaves all its competitors far behind.
So, despite the fact that all major codecs are optimized for Hyper-Threading technology, dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 840 fails to runs as fast in this type of application as we would expect it to.