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

Benchmarking Performance: CPU Office Tests GPU Tests: Civilization 6


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  • AsParallel - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Purchased one for me and a few to sit on the shelf for 10 years. Just in time for the 50th :) Reply
  • peevee - Friday, June 15, 2018 - link

    Hopefully, by that time x64 will die. Reply
  • Jad77 - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    I don't feel so bad about missing the contest now. How I managed to be so completely out of loop is baffling. Reply
  • ipkh - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    The multiplier chart doesn't make sense.
    The single core is 5Ghz, but Intel is quoting 4.7 Ghz all core and you're showing 4.4 identical to 8700K. I understand the base frequencies are the same, but the default multiplier for the 8086K should be higher. Is this a possible bios glitch or is the multiplier chart in the CPU not correct?
  • Hxx - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Boost frequencies are all the same on 5 cores. there is a youtube video with somebody testing this chip on a z370 gaming 7 and you can clearly see in that video that boost is the same on all cores except 1. Intel = lame. Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Where is Intel promoting 4.7 GHz all core? Reply
  • HStewart - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    One thing that is strange is the name - the Original IBM PC that started this whole PC industry used the intel 8088 processor and not the Intel 8086 processor. The difference is that 8088 has 8 bit external and 8086 has 16 bit external - But CPU's used 16 bit internally. No internal Floating processor until the 386 line.

    But it wild that it been 40 years - I have an original IBM PC - in my downstairs closet, I remember while at Georgia Tech - putting a 2Meg Ram card into and booting up to 1.4Meg ramdisk and loading Microsoft C 3.0 compiler on it.

    As for new one - it would be cool if they actually included the original chip also as part of collectors edition.
  • AsParallel - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    8088 shipped in 79, was a variant of the 8086. 8086 was the first to 1M transistors Reply
  • peevee - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    "No internal Floating processor until the 386 line."

    486. 386 still used 387 AFAIR. There were even 487, but it was just renamed 486 to be installed with 486SX.
  • HStewart - Monday, June 11, 2018 - link

    Yes I forgot that - the 486 was the one with Math Coprocessor. Reply

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