CPU Performance: Synthetic Tests

As with most benchmark suites, there are tests that don’t necessarily fit into most categories because their role is just to find the peak throughput in very particular coding scenarios. For this we rely on some of the industry standard tests, like Geekbench and Cinebench.

GeekBench4: Synthetics

A common tool for cross-platform testing between mobile, PC, and Mac, GeekBench 4 is an ultimate exercise in synthetic testing across a range of algorithms looking for peak throughput. Tests include encryption, compression, fast Fourier transform, memory operations, n-body physics, matrix operations, histogram manipulation, and HTML parsing.

I’m including this test due to popular demand, although the results do come across as overly synthetic, and a lot of users often put a lot of weight behind the test due to the fact that it is compiled across different platforms (although with different compilers).

We record the main subtest scores (Crypto, Integer, Floating Point, Memory) in our benchmark database, but for the review we post the overall single and multi-threaded results.

Geekbench 4 - ST OverallGeekbench 4 - MT Overall


The main tool for ordering the TOP500 computer list involves running a variant of an accelerated matrix multiply algorithm typically found from the LINPACK suite. Here we use a tool called LinX to do the same thing on our CPUs. We scale our test based on the number of cores present in order to not run out of scaling but still keeping the test time consistent.

This is another of our new tests for 2020. Data will be added as we start regression testing older CPUs.

LinX 0.9.5 LINPACK


Cinebench R20

The Cinebench line of tests is very well known among technology enthusiasts, with the software implementing a variant of the popular Cinema4D engine to render through the CPU a complex scene. The latest version of Cinebench comes with a number of upgrades, including support for >64 threads, as well as offering a much longer test in order to stop the big server systems completing it in seconds. Not soon after R20 was launched, we ended up with 256 thread servers that completed the test in about two seconds. While we wait for the next version of Cinebench, we run the test on our systems in single thread and multithread modes, running for a minimum of 10 minutes each.

Cinebench R20 Single ThreadedCinebench R20 Multi-Threaded

CPU Performance: Web and Legacy Tests CPU Performance: SPEC 1T


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  • SKiT_R31 - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    Intel never left "the top". Top of 720p low graphics settings, by a single percentage margin. Totally worth 50% higher price. Reply
  • silencer12 - Saturday, May 23, 2020 - link

    Give it more than 3 years Reply
  • tracker1 - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    AMD has already shifted their pricing quite a bit from launch in anticipation of this... is it clearly a better option, for most people... unless you literally only care about gaming, then a 10900K or 10700K might be an okay option at their respective price points and only if you're using at least an RTX 2080 Super. If you're going anything lower on GPU, then AMD is probably the better option all the way around (and you'll probably save a bit on your annual power bill as a result). Reply
  • VoraciousGorak - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    Finally, a sane product stack from Intel with regards to naming versus core/thread count. Reply
  • Hifihedgehog - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    Sane and thermal meltdown don't mix. Reply
  • ElvenLemming - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    Unfortunate that their product stack finally makes sense now that the name sounds so stupid I get angry every time I read it. Reply
  • Spunjji - Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - link

    Whether it's "Eye-Nine Ten-Nine-Hundred-Kay" or "Eye-Nine Ten-Thousand-Nine-Hundred-Kay", it sounds equally daft. Reply
  • tipoo - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    Chasing clocks and high power to counter AMD. Ah, Netburst, good times. Ish. Reply
  • WaltC - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    I had forgotten Netburst...;) "The Intel CPU that accelerated the Internet"! Thanks for the laugh! Reply
  • trparky - Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - link

    Yep, I agree. Reply

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