Date: October 29th, 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.
As suspected, a small, but measurable increase in speed was noted with the more efficient architecture.
CINEBENCH 9.5 RENDERING BENCHMARK
Cinebench is an excellent rendering benchmark to see how a processor will manage a set photo rendering task.
And again, you see a second reduction in multi-core rendering time with the QX9650.
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. Again, a small measurable increase was noted.
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.
This was a bit of a mystery which had me redoing this benchmark at least 10 times to confirm that the new QX9650 was a bit slower in Super Pi 1Meg calculation. The 65nm Quad-cores seem to be a little better than the new processor. Though it is only time before this benchmark will be deemed comparatively useless within the near future.
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