Benchmarking Performance: CPU Legacy Tests

Our legacy tests represent benchmarks that were once at the height of their time. Some of these are industry standard synthetics, and we have data going back over 10 years. All of the data here has been rerun on Windows 10, and we plan to go back several generations of components to see how performance has evolved.

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

3D Particle Movement v1

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. This is the original version, written in the style of a typical non-computer science student coding up an algorithm for their theoretical problem, and comes without any non-obvious optimizations not already performed by the compiler, such as false sharing.

Legacy: 3DPM v1 Single ThreadedLegacy: 3DPM v1 MultiThreaded

CineBench 11.5 and 10

Cinebench is a widely known benchmarking tool for measuring performance relative to MAXON's animation software Cinema 4D. Cinebench has been optimized over a decade and focuses on purely CPU horsepower, meaning if there is a discrepancy in pure throughput characteristics, Cinebench is likely to show that discrepancy. Arguably other software doesn't make use of all the tools available, so the real world relevance might purely be academic, but given our large database of data for Cinebench it seems difficult to ignore a small five minute test. We run the modern version 15 in this test, as well as the older 11.5 and 10 due to our back data.

Legacy: CineBench 11.5 MultiThreadedLegacy: CineBench 11.5 Single ThreadedLegacy: CineBench 10 MultiThreadedLegacy: CineBench 10 Single Threaded

x264 HD 3.0

Similarly, the x264 HD 3.0 package we use here is also kept for historic regressional data. The latest version is 5.0.1, and encodes a 1080p video clip into a high quality x264 file. Version 3.0 only performs the same test on a 720p file, and in most circumstances the software performance hits its limit on high end processors, but still works well for mainstream and low-end. Also, this version only takes a few minutes, whereas the latest can take over 90 minutes to run.

Legacy: x264 3.0 Pass 1Legacy: x264 3.0 Pass 2

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  • Namisecond - Monday, July 9, 2018 - link

    There are plenty of computers with K series CPUs that are run at stock. Only people who assemble their own computers from components would even consider overclocking their K-series CPUs. I personally have a 4790K and a 7700K running at stock clocks and I built both those systems from scratch. Reply
  • mr_tawan - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    My AMD Athlon XP 1600+ didn't come with a heat sink ... Reply
  • owan - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Almost anyone dropping $425 on a chip is prepared to shell out another $100 for a CLC. They are very common in this market segment, and I think acting like its some kind of grave injustice against AMD that a CLC is being used is just asinine. Reply
  • jklw10 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Using intel stock cooler absolutely fucking idiotic... You know intel is the scumbag company that want to get maximal profits. Hence the toothpaste on the die and a cactus for a thermal solution Reply
  • AutomaticTaco - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Every business is about profit. It is how they stay in business. You choose to make a purchase or not. Their selection of thermal compound matches the rating of the processor. The choice to simple sell a processor is fine with me. If you don't like the processor or them just buy something else. Simple enough. Your level of hatred for them is ridiculous. Simply buy an AMD or build otherwise. Reply
  • mkaibear - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    Yeah, apart from the fact that the "toothpaste" on the die avoids all the problems with solder and alternative TIMs and works sufficiently for the processor to perform as advertised at the speed they specify within the temperature range they specify, and the thermal solution works well enough for people who don't overclock.

    So basically Intel states precisely what they say they will provide, then provides it, and apparently that makes them a "scumbag company that want to get maximal profits" (as if any company doesn't want to get maximal profits...)

    Get a grip.
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  • Alexvrb - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    WHAT problems with solder? It was a cost-cutting measure, and anyone who claims otherwise is either a shill or a fanboy. That doesn't even address the fact that potential issues with "alternative TIMs" can apply to Intel's compound too. There's plenty of good pastes out there with excellent longevity and better thermal performance. They're more expensive.

    With that being said Intel's current crop of processors have enough headroom compared to their competition that they simply do not care to improve. When and if AMD's future Zen iterations are able to clock aggressively, at that point Intel will start thinking about switching back to solder (at least on their unlocked higher-end chips).
    Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, June 14, 2018 - link

    Correctly formulated typical solder may have a cracking issue under the stress of liquid nitrogen cooling. For water and air cooling it won't. So, for "real world" cooling, "all the problems with solder" comes down to only faulty formulations — like the formulation Nvidia used in a mobile GPU line that led to widespread premature failure throughout the industry (and, of course, no recalls). Reply
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, June 14, 2018 - link

    "avoids all the problems with solder"

    Oh, boy, the liquid nitrogen bogeyman.
    Reply
  • Death666Angel - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    That would be a review of the cooler, not the CPU. And anyone buying a 400+USD CPU should invest in a decent cooler as well, that is just common sense. Reply

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