Date: April 24th, 2008
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 higher speed, larger cache and faster front side bus.
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 rather linear increase in overall rendering speed with all the quad-cores. Opening up the pipeline might have been the only way to keep up with the speed increase so a bottleneck wasn't introduced.
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 noticeable 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.
Again, the same increase in speed meant a lowering of the needed calculation time. As you can see, results are getting quite predictable.
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