Content Creation Performance

Adobe Photoshop CS4

To measure performance under Photoshop CS4 we turn to the Retouch Artists’ Speed Test. The test does basic photo editing; there are a couple of color space conversions, many layer creations, color curve adjustment, image and canvas size adjustment, unsharp mask, and finally a gaussian blur performed on the entire image.

The whole process is timed and thanks to the use of Intel's X25-M SSD as our test bed hard drive, performance is far more predictable than back when we used to test on mechanical disks.

Time is reported in seconds and the lower numbers mean better performance. The test is multithreaded and can hit all four cores in a quad-core machine.

Adobe Photoshop CS4 - Retouch Artists Speed Test

Our Photoshop test is well threaded but it doesn't peg all cores constantly. Instead you get burstier behavior. With the core count advantage out of the way, SNB-E steps aside and allows the 3770K to step up as the fastest CPU we've tested here. The performance advantage over the 2600K is around 9%.

3dsmax 9

Today's desktop processors are more than fast enough to do professional level 3D rendering at home. To look at performance under 3dsmax we ran the SPECapc 3dsmax 8 benchmark (only the CPU rendering tests) under 3dsmax 9 SP1. The results reported are the rendering composite scores.

3dsmax r9 - SPECapc 3dsmax 8 CPU Test

In another FP heavy workload we see a pretty reasonable gain for Ivy Bridge: 8.5% over a 2600K. This isn't enough to make you want to abandon your Sandy Bridge, but it's a good step forward for a tick.

Cinebench 11.5

Created by the Cinema 4D folks we have Cinebench, a popular 3D rendering benchmark that gives us both single and multi-threaded 3D rendering results.

Cinebench 11.5 - Single Threaded

The single threaded Cinebench test shows a 9% performance advantage for the 3770K over the 2600K. The gap increases slightly to 11% as we look at the multithreaded results:

Cinebench 11.5 - Multi-Threaded

If you're running a workload that can really stress multiple cores, the 6-core Sandy Bridge E parts will remain unstoppable but in the quad-core world, Ivy Bridge leads the pack.

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  • jjj - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    CPU perf pretty much as expected,GPU perf somewhat dissapointing ,i thought they'll at least aim to match Llano but i guess it is ok for 1MP laptops screens if mobile parts perform close enough (and a couple of big ifs when it comes to image quality and drivers).
    Any opinions yet about QuickSync encoding quality?
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  • wifiwolf - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    And we should remark that's comparing 2600 with 3700 which have different cpu too.
    Other benchmarks had significantly better results on 3700 than 2600.

    So Anand, how you know that difference is not attributable to the CPU and not to some gpu improvement?
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  • IntelUser2000 - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    You are not being serious, are you? The CPU gets 10% in CPU sensitive benchmarks and GPU gained 40-60%. Even taking out 10%, its still 30-50%, which btw isn't true as games aren't very sensitive to CPU changes as applications do. Reply
  • wifiwolf - Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - link

    Look at crisys or metro benchmarks and tell me where you find that improvement, at least more than what you find in cpu difference. Reply
  • mosu - Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - link

    I've tried it on some HD clips at a local TV station and on a big screen it really sucked.It's way behind AMD.We used aHP EliteBook 8460P laptop. Reply
  • Articuno - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    At least AMD's products are HD capable. Reply
  • dr/owned - Thursday, March 08, 2012 - link

    My 5 year old laptop with a shared ram gpu is "HD capable". GTFO noob. Reply
  • Articuno - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    Billions in R&D, double the MSRP, half the power and yet it still can't play Crysis better than Llano, which will be replaced by Trinity in a few weeks. What a crying shame. Reply
  • travbrad - Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - link

    Not playing Crysis sounds like a good thing to me. Reply
  • tipoo - Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - link

    Source or gtfo. Apple got the stock HD 3000, why would this be different? Reply

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