Date: September 5th, 2007
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Intel
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3DMARK2006 (800X600) BENCHMARK
Seeing 3DMark is most often used for benchmarking videocards, I wanted to set it to a low enough resolution that any sort of videocard bottleneck wouldn't be an issue. Setting the resolution low allows the processor to be the main focus of the benchmark.
Although you would have thought differently, the overall increase seen in a true DX9 benchmark noted a very marginal increase over the Core 2 Duo and the QX6700 quad-core. The increase is there, but don't be expecting the processor to make a huge difference in your gaming. The supporting videocard hardware is where most of the increase will be seen.
CINEBENCH 9.5 RENDERING BENCHMARK
Cinebench is an excellent rendering benchmark to see how a processor will manage a set photo rendering task.
When undergoing image rendering, doubling the core directly related to a halving the render time. And with the increase in core clock-rate coupled with the larger front side bus, an additional 2 seconds was lopped off when compared the the previous QX6700. You can see that quad-core computing definitely has its advantage when rendering large 3D or 2D images and environments.
PCMARK 2005 CPU BENCHMARK
PCMark 2005 is an excellent basic benchmark that tests the CPU by putting it through day to day 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 by far holds the edge. I was surprised just how much faster is was even to the previous revision quad-core release.
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.
Again, results follow the same trend as the other benchmarks but this benchmark does illustrate that double the processing units and doubling the onboard cache doesn't always translate into a doubling of the resulting speed.