Ah, encoding MP3s. No matter how many advances there have been in audio formats and even with the proliferation of online music services, encoding our audio CDs into MP3s is still a stalwart of a computer's regular tasks. So, let's see how the Phenom II holds up.
Singe-track, single-thread encoding
It's the way it always used to be done. One track after another until the album's finished. For this test we encode 11 tracks using the LAME encoder.
A slight improvement over single-threaded encoding, this method will take advantage of multiple cores for each track it is currently encoding. This test encodes the same 11 tracks and uses the multi-threaded version of LAME.
Finally, we have the quickest method; encoding as many mp3s at once as there are cores. We used DBPowerAmp's benchmark to load as many cores, or virtual cores in the case of i7, as possible.