Intel Core i7-980X Six-Core Processor Extreme Edition Review
Photodex ProShow Gold 4.1
ProShow Gold allows the user to combine photos, videos and music to create spectacular slide shows. The software provides the capability to share memories with friends and family on DVD, PC and the Web. ProShow Gold brings still photos to life by adding motion effects like pan, zoom, and rotate. The user can also add captions to a photo or video and choose from over 280 transition effects.
The workload we are using takes 31 high resolution jpeg photos and converts them to an mpeg2, widescreen DVD quality, 3min 9sec slideshow video file. The input photos are in 3872×2592 resolution and total about 170MB in size.
ProShow Gold 3.2 lets you share your slide shows in virtually any format and on any device. You can upload your shows directly to YouTube or choose from over 20 devices to directly output to including the iPod, Blackberry, Zune and more. Not bad for software that runs under $70 and is optimized for what looks like nearly 12 threads! Our benchmark testing wasn’t at 100% load, but averaged around 80-90% during the testing period.
Benchmark Results: Photodex Proshow Gold 4.1 software showed that the Intel Core i7 980X processor was 2.25x faster than the AMD Phenom II 965BE and 25% faster than the Intel Core i7 975 processor, as you can see above. The Intel Core i7 980X loved multi-threaded applications like this!