CPU Benchmarks

The dynamics of CPU Turbo modes, both Intel and AMD, can cause concern during environments with a variable threaded workload. There is also an added issue of the motherboard remaining consistent, depending on how the motherboard manufacturer wants to add in their own boosting technologies over the ones that Intel would prefer they used. In order to remain consistent, we implement an OS-level unique high performance mode on all the CPUs we test which should override any motherboard manufacturer performance mode.

HandBrake v0.9.9: link

For HandBrake, we take two videos (a 2h20 640x266 DVD rip and a 10min double UHD 3840x4320 animation short) and convert them to x264 format in an MP4 container.  Results are given in terms of the frames per second processed, and HandBrake uses as many threads as possible.

HandBrake v0.9.9 LQ Film

HandBrake v0.9.9 2x4K

Dolphin Benchmark: link

Many emulators are often bound by single thread CPU performance, and general reports tended to suggest that Haswell provided a significant boost to emulator performance. This benchmark runs a Wii program that raytraces a complex 3D scene inside the Dolphin Wii emulator. Performance on this benchmark is a good proxy of the speed of Dolphin CPU emulation, which is an intensive single core task using most aspects of a CPU. Results are given in minutes, where the Wii itself scores 17.53 minutes.

Dolphin Emulation Benchmark

WinRAR 5.0.1: link

WinRAR 5.01, 2867 files, 1.52 GB

PCMark8 v2 OpenCL

A new addition to our CPU testing suite is PCMark8 v2, where we test the Work 2.0 and Creative 3.0 suites in OpenCL mode.

PCMark8 v2 Work 2.0 OpenCL with R7 240 DDR3

Hybrid x265

Hybrid is a new benchmark, where we take a 4K 1500 frame video and convert it into an x265 format without audio. Results are given in frames per second.

Hybrid x265, 4K Video

3D Particle Movement

3DPM is a self-penned benchmark, taking basic 3D movement algorithms used in Brownian Motion simulations and testing them for speed. High floating point performance, MHz and IPC wins in the single thread version, whereas the multithread version has to handle the threads and loves more cores.

3D Particle Movement: Single Threaded

3D Particle Movement: MultiThreaded

FastStone Image Viewer 4.9

FastStone is the program I use to perform quick or bulk actions on images, such as resizing, adjusting for color and cropping. In our test we take a series of 170 images in various sizes and formats and convert them all into 640x480 .gif files, maintaining the aspect ratio. FastStone does not use multithreading for this test, and results are given in seconds.

FastStone Image Viewer 4.9

Web Benchmarks

On the lower end processors, general usability is a big factor of experience, especially as we move into the HTML5 era of web browsing.  For our web benchmarks, we take four well known tests with Chrome 35 as a consistent browser.

Sunspider 1.0.2

Sunspider 1.0.2

Mozilla Kraken 1.1

Kraken 1.1



Google Octane v2

Google Octane v2

Professional Performance Gaming Benchmarks


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  • alacard - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    "Bioshock Infinite was Zero Punctuation’s Game of the Year for 2013"

    Who gives a shit?
  • alacard - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    They're going to kill that poor woman! Reply
  • ayprof - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    This affects all of us! Reply
  • osx86h3avy - Friday, November 21, 2014 - link

    Mark it zero dude. Reply
  • ERJ - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    I want to know what happened to the server benchmarks? Where is the VMware / SAP stuff? Reply
  • romrunning - Friday, November 21, 2014 - link

    I agree - I'm not sure why VM testing was left out. That is one of the highest usage scenarios for this type of processor. Reply
  • alacard - Friday, November 21, 2014 - link

    Maybe Ian was too busy playing "Zero Punctuation’s Game of the Year for 2013" to bother. Reply
  • linuxnizer - Saturday, November 22, 2014 - link

    Yep, need to see Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 running few VMs (OpenStack or VMware) and serving thousands of JBoss application users with intensive DB operation. Better yet, running Oracle 12c DB with Oracle JEE over Oracle unbreakable Linux. Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Sunday, November 30, 2014 - link

    That's more Johan's area. Johan has access to a lot more server based hardware/software than I. Reply
  • dgingeri - Thursday, November 20, 2014 - link

    Maybe you could convince Intel to let you give away one of these samples to readers. :) Reply

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