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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  • tipoo - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    In DX12 that will matter, in DX11 going from single threaded to multithreaded for draw calls doens't help. Check the link.
  • tipoo - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    On the other hand " Also note that the FX 6300's DX12 results on R7 260X, GTX 970 and R9 290X comprehensively beat the more expensive Core i3 4130."
  • silverblue - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    A lot may be simply down to the number of floating point units; the Pentium has two, the i3 has two with turbo and hyperthreading, and the FX6300 has three with turbo and a sort of hyperthreading mode as the FlexFPU can handle two 128-bit instructions at once or work together for a single 256-bit instruction, though Piledriver is horrendously crippled with the latter.
  • Kutark - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    I feel like a "bruh" would have been better here instead of "dude".
  • Morawka - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    no because of cache size, and more actual hardware on the i7's die
  • hojnikb - Saturday, November 21, 2015 - link

    What kind of actual hardware does i7 have, that i3 dont ?

    I mean, i3 is really just an i7 cut in half.
  • eanazag - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    I fully expect AMD to disappoint with Zen. I see no facts that indicate they will not do what they did in the past - fail to meet expectations at the time they said they would.
  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    Just like when they were beating Intel's Netburst.
  • JoeMonco - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - link

    And that was what? Like 15 years ago? It's definitely brought AMD great financial success that they beat a CPU microarchitecture from nearly 2 decades ago.
  • silverblue - Thursday, November 19, 2015 - link

    I don't think anybody was saying that.

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