Office Performance

The dynamics of CPU Turbo modes, both Intel and AMD, can cause concern in environments with variably-threaded workloads. 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.

All of our benchmark results can also be found in our benchmark engine, Bench.

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 ray traces 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

All AMD CPUs performed similarly here.

WinRAR 5.0.1: link

Our WinRAR test from 2013 is updated to the latest version of WinRAR at the start of 2014. We compress a set of 2,867 files across 320 folders totaling 1.52GB – 95% of these files are small typical website files, and the rest (90% of the size) are small 30-second 720p videos.

WinRAR 5.01, 2867 files, 1.52 GB

WinRAR is all about threads and DRAM speed, so the CPUs that can support higher DRAM frequencies get a boost.

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 win in the single-thread version, whereas the multithread version has to handle the threads, and loves more cores.

3D Particle Movement: Single Threaded

Again, all AMD CPUs seem to perform similarly in 3DPM for single-thread mode, indicating that something more fundamental about the design is a bottleneck.

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

Single-thread frequency and IPC win here.

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.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1

Kraken 1.1



Google Octane v2

Google Octane v2

A8-7670K Power Consumption & Overclocking Professional Performance: Windows
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  • jfelano - Monday, December 28, 2015 - link

    Oh they were interested, they just didn't get the contracts cause AMD was on the ball and previous experience using AMD for consoles. Your talking billions of dollars, Intel was interested in billions of dollars believe me.
  • JoeMonco - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    So the $158 million operating loss last quarter was due to making great business decisions?
  • KranK_ - Friday, November 20, 2015 - link

    AMD is in both consoles...and, yet they continue to NEVER make a profit. All AMD does is lose money, have you seen their quarterly financial reports? lmao
  • Alexvrb - Saturday, November 21, 2015 - link

    Yeah if you look at them, you'll notice they're making money off the consoles. It's not nearly enough to offset the gushing losses elsewhere, but it is a positive flow of revenue. If they didn't have those sales, they'd be that much further in the hole.

    In fact, their console wins are probably the best thing they've done recently. They need to execute well with initial Zen-based designs and Arctic Islands alike. After that, they need to push HBM2 down into their APUs and to continue improving upon the foundation Zen has laid.

    I'll be very interested to see what clocks they can hit while balancing power on the new node.
  • sld - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    Those who laugh at AMD are those who enjoyed the pricey new CPUs from Intel's near-monopoly.
  • Kutark - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    Yes, and the excellent framerates that come with it. Oh did i mention how i paid ~$300 for a CPU 4.5 years ago and it still whips any 4core AMD can offer me? 4.5 years after the fact.

    If i had a bought an AMD in 2011 how many times would i have had to replace it by now? At least once, probably be due for another one. My 2600k even at stock speeds is faster than anything AMD can offer in a 4 core right now, and mines been sitting at 4.3ghz rock stable on air cooling since i bought it.
  • silverblue - Friday, November 20, 2015 - link

    Four cores or four modules?
  • fokka - Sunday, November 22, 2015 - link

    good thing then that amd has been offering more than 4 cores in the consumer sector for quite a while.
  • JoeMonco - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    Or we simply laugh at AMD because trainwrecks can be amusing.
  • darkfalz - Saturday, November 21, 2015 - link

    Intel has competition though - from its previous generation(s). They need to convince people to upgrade from a price/performance perspective.

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