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Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: General Tech
Manufacturer: General

Memories Suite

The tests in the Memories Suite have been selected to represent the Windows Vista Memories Consumer Scenario. The combination of test sets covers the common Memories scenario usage. Memories Suite gives a separate PCMark Memories Score which does not affect the overall PCMark Score.

Our memories are often kept in digital form. Here, large digital photos in HD Photo format are stretched, flipped and rotated using the CPU. Plenty of system memory is highly beneficial for manipulating large images. Importing digital photos to Windows Photo Gallery is where a high performance HDD shines. More and more image manipulation is being done using the GPU, enabling instantaneous color correction, sharpening and softening of images. Home video editing with Windows Movie Maker can be very time-consuming – unless you have a high performance HDD. Home videos recorded on digital video cameras are sometimes transcoded and transferred to a portable media player. High definition videos are often archived in media servers. It may, however, be handy to have them transcoded and transferred to a portable media player. A fast CPU with many cores can handle transcoding swiftly.

Memories Suite includes the following tests:

  • Memories 1
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • CPU image manipulation
    • HDD picture import
  • Memories 2
    • Two simultaneous threads
    • GPU image manipulation
    • HDD video editing
  • Memories 3
    • Video Transcoding: DV to portable device
  • Memories 4
    • Video Transcoding: media server archive to portable device

Again we see the quad-core QX6850 processor has a noticeable performance advantage with a lead of 17.5% over the next highest score.  In this testing suite the X6800 is coming in faster than the E6750 and both Intel CPUs do markedly better than AMD’s Athlon 64 processors.

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