Media Content Encoding
As we have already seen, contemporary notebooks are as fast and functional as mainstream desktop solutions. Therefore, audio and video encoding may become a typical task for them, too.
First of all we measured how fast they could convert audio files into popular MP3 format.
The advantage of the new mobile processor in Apple iTunes 7 is quite typical and makes around 7%.
Video encoding with the popular Xvid codec reveals much more differences between Yonah and Merom. Since Merom works much faster with SSE instructions, it proves almost 20% faster in this application than the predecessor.
We also see almost the same situation in Windows Media Encoder 9, which we have also used to test the video encoding speed. Core 2 Duo works almost 15% faster than Core Duo running at the same clock speed.