Real World Benchmarks

Video Conversion - x264 HD 3.03 Benchmark

Graysky's x264 HD test uses x264 to encode a 4Mbps 720p MPEG-2 source. The focus here is on quality rather than speed, thus the benchmark uses a 2-pass encode and reports the average frame rate in each pass.

x264 HD v3.03, 1st Pass

x264 HD v3.03, 2nd Pass

Encryption TrueCrypt v0.7.1a: link

TrueCrypt is an off the shelf open source encryption tool for files and folders. For our test we run the benchmark mode using a 1GB buffer and take the mean result from AES encryption.

TrueCrypt 7.1a AES

Compression – WinRAR 5.0.1: link

Our WinRAR test from 2013 is updated to the latest version of WinRAR at the start of 2014. We compress a set of 2867 files across 320 folders totaling 1.52 GB in size – 95% of these files are small typical website files, and the rest (90% of the size) are small 30 second 720p videos.

WinRAR 5.01

Image Manipulation – FastStone Image Viewer 4.9: link

Similarly to WinRAR, the FastStone test us updated for 2014 to the latest version. FastStone is the program I use to perform quick or bulk actions on images, such as resizing, adjusting for color and cropping. In our test we take a series of 170 images in various sizes and formats and convert them all into 640x480 .gif files, maintaining the aspect ratio. FastStone does not use multithreading for this test, and thus single threaded performance is often the winner.

FastStone Image Viewer 4.9

AMD AM1 Kabini Part 2: The Competition and The Test CPU Performance: SYSMark and Scientific Benchmarks
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  • serpretetsky - Thursday, May 29, 2014 - link

    I'm not sure I understand the power chart on page 2. Is the title correct? Power difference? So the numbers we are seeing are power differentials between idle and load and not absolute values? Reply
  • casteve - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    Ian uses a 1250W PSU in this setup. So, absolute value is pretty meaningless when your system idles down in the low efficiency (and high slope) part of the power supply's curve. The delta power part at least provides an idea of what's going on. Reply
  • jospoortvliet - Sunday, June 1, 2014 - link

    Yet idle power is quite important - cpu's are idle most of the time... Reply
  • coburn_c - Thursday, May 29, 2014 - link

    There's your future of AMD. Scaling up Jaguar will fix their code/module problems and improve their perf/watt. There is certainly no future in their big cores. Reply
  • rootheday3 - Thursday, May 29, 2014 - link

    Ivy Bridge gt1 was 6 eus; bay trail is 4 eus. Reply
  • jvp - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    What is missing in this review is that some Intel processors have stripped down instruction sets. Like the Celeron J1900 with which the Athlon 5350 is compared as direct competitor.

    I'm also missing tests about performance when using virtual machines, and hardware accelerated encryption. These are area's that are becoming more and more important for systems.
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  • R3MF - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    this is lovely, thanks, but how long before we get beema in socket AM1? Reply
  • R3MF - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    in addition, do i understand correctly that:
    kabini is 28nm TSMC, whereas
    beema is 28nm GF
    Reply
  • plonk420 - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    thank you thank you THANK YOU for including i3-4300 series on the dGPU page! i've been wondering how they stand up to gaming on a budget as i've helped do 2 builds in the last couple months for the first time in years! Reply
  • Icehawk - Friday, May 30, 2014 - link

    I'm with prior posters - testing these low end machines with current games is all well and good but also unlikely to happen in real life. Can these handle games I'd be more likely to want to play on a low power device like TF2 or Diablo 3? NO CLUE. Reply

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