Date: November 7th, 2008
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Intel
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POV-RAY BETA 3.7 v29
As a good overall and very processor intensive benchmark, POV-Ray tests the photo rendering ability of any processor. The beta version being used today allows for multi-core benchmarking.
This is where things started off rather interesting. Although the processor was technically faster, the QX9770 core was able to accomplish the task quicker. Just in case of a benchmarking flaw, this test was re-tried six times to see if it would change which it didn't.
CINEBENCH 10 RENDERING BENCHMARK
Cinebench is an excellent rendering benchmark to see how a processor will manage a set photo rendering task.
This is where you really seeing the bandwidth capabilities of the newer i7 processors. the photo rendering speed jumped up over 20% with an equivalent core clock to the QX9770.
PCMARK 2005 CPU BENCHMARK
PCMark 2005 is an excellent basic benchmark that tests the CPU by putting it through day to day tasks such as file transfer, audio compression etc.
Seeing this benchmark is a great overall gauge of how a processor will do in a standard multi-task computing environment, when it comes down to how a processor will perform doing the usual consumer tasks, this processor holds the edge. But you will see that a newer processor doesn't always mean older programs will run faster overall.
SUPER PI (1MEG CALCULATION)
This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95 and called Super PI. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with Pentium 90MHz, 40MB main memory and 340MB available storage.
Much like the result when you drop from a dual core to a quad core, you also see the same decrease in calculation time when you have double the threads being processed as well.
PASSMARK v6.1 FULL PROCESSOR BENCHMARK
Passmark is a new benchmark we will be using on Tweaknews to test and overall score a processors performance based on several tasks accomplished.
Through Passmark's barrage of processor tests, the extra bandwidth did seem to help accomplish the benchmarking tasks at a much faster rate. As you can see again, bandwidth does help.
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