Professional Performance: Windows

Agisoft Photoscan – 2D to 3D Image Manipulation: link

Agisoft Photoscan creates 3D models from 2D images, a process which is very computationally expensive. The algorithm is split into four distinct phases, and different phases of the model reconstruction require either fast memory, fast IPC, more cores, or even OpenCL compute devices to hand. Agisoft supplied us with a special version of the software to script the process, where we take 50 images of a stately home and convert it into a medium quality model. This benchmark typically takes around 15-20 minutes on a high end PC on the CPU alone, with GPUs reducing the time.

Agisoft PhotoScan Benchmark - Total Time

Cinebench R15

Cinebench is a benchmark based around Cinema 4D, and is fairly well known among enthusiasts for stressing the CPU for a provided workload. Results are given as a score, where higher is better.

Cinebench R15 - Single Threaded

Cinebench R15 - Multi-Threaded

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

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

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  • sor - Sunday, June 5, 2016 - link

    Actually, without those benchmarks I wouldn't have known for sure that we were GPU limited or that CPU makes almost NO difference (I might have expected a few more FPS). I also found it interesting that one game stood out as being CPU limited. Reply
  • IUU - Sunday, June 5, 2016 - link

    All good and awesome but Intel's persistence on maintaining many-core cpus as niche expensive
    products is a dangerous strategy, that may ultimately lead to its downfall.

    If the IT world would like to see a renewed growth, high performance computing should enter the lives of ordinary Joes. Plenty of apps could make their way into our lives via many-core cpus.
    Games with really improved AI, local voice and image recognition, reading comprehension, advanced text editing, advanced 3d printing, etc etc.

    Looking down on the needs of ordinary people, is nonsensical, for it is "simple joes", the needs of which led to many core cpus and advanced gpus,that the hpc world so much uses. No further development can come if the same old strategy is not applied.
  • Motion2082 - Monday, June 6, 2016 - link

    What other XEONs would you recommend for 8 core? Reply
  • craveable - Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - link

    Seriously, guys. My personal opinion is to skip Broadwell-E, unless you absolutely cannot wait till Q1 2017. It's a very realistic timeframe when Skylake-E will be released. Some journalist spotted a Gigabyte motherboard on Computex 2016, suited for Skylake-E, sporting a new LGA 3647 socket and 6-channel memory controller. Memory bandwidth was always a crucial selling point of HEDT CPUs, so a transition from 4 (current) to 6 (Skylake-E) is an important incremental update. Reply
  • craveable - Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - link

    However, further studying of leaks reveled that the next HEDT will be released in Q2 2017 and be probably named Skylake-X. In the leaked roadmap the Skylake-X availability timeframe is strangely the same as for Kaby Lake-X. Reply
  • craveable - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    However #2, it's likely, that only server part of Skylake (EP) will get LGA 3647 and 6-channel controller. And Skylake-X will get 4 channels and the same LGA 2011-3. Reply
  • galta - Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - link

    There is no point in saying that someone should skip upgrading. But for budget constraints, if your processor is not good enough, you have to upgrade; if it still performs as you need, you do not need to upgrade, even if new generation has the same price and 50% more performance.
    It is said that Intel is trying to milk us with a +USD1,700 cpu and that not all softwares (games) are fully optimized for more than 2-4 cores, but if you still run a i7 9xx series, it is probably time to upgrade, even if Broadwell-E increase in performance is not huge.
  • mapesdhs - Thursday, June 9, 2016 - link

    That makes no sense. You state that BW-E performance increase isn't that much, while saying someone with an X58 6c should still upgrade anyway. What for? Why would someone on a constrained budget spend so much for so little speed gain? Given the platform differences, X58 users would probably benefit more from newer storage tech such as M2 and newer USB3x, in which case a 5930K on a decent board would be more sensible (or a 5820K if they don't need the PCIe lanes). What you've suggested just sounds like upgrading for its own sake. These days there are far more nuanced options available, especially from the used market. Reply
  • fifa17 - Sunday, June 12, 2016 - link

    I'm putting a system together and I'm stuck between Core i7-6850K and Core i7-6800K on a ROG STRIX X99 GAMING motherboard. The only confusing point is the number of PCI Express Lanes which is 28 for i7-6800K and 40 for the other. I've pre ordered the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1080 and don't plan on adding a second one in the future. I'm also not getting an optical drive of any sort and no HDDs. Just a 1TB Samsung 850 PRO SSD. Which CPU should I choose? Any ideas about these components? Reply
  • legolasyiu - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - link

    It will be best to get Core i7 6850 with 40 lanes for GTX 1080 16x with 850 Pro. Reply

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