Office Performance

The dynamics of CPU Turbo modes, both Intel and AMD, can cause concern during environments with a variable threaded workload. There is also an added issue of the motherboard remaining consistent, depending on how the motherboard manufacturer wants to add in their own boosting technologies over the ones that Intel would prefer they used. In order to remain consistent, we implement an OS-level unique high performance mode on all the CPUs we test which should override any motherboard manufacturer performance mode.

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

Dolphin Benchmark: link

Many emulators are often bound by single thread CPU performance, and general reports tended to suggest that Haswell provided a significant boost to emulator performance. This benchmark runs a Wii program that raytraces a complex 3D scene inside the Dolphin Wii emulator. Performance on this benchmark is a good proxy of the speed of Dolphin CPU emulation, which is an intensive single core task using most aspects of a CPU. Results are given in minutes, where the Wii itself scores 17.53 minutes.

Dolphin Emulation Benchmark

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, 2867 files, 1.52 GB

3D Particle Movement

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.

3D Particle Movement: Single Threaded

3D Particle Movement: MultiThreaded

FastStone Image Viewer 4.9

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 results are given in seconds.

FastStone Image Viewer 4.9

Web Benchmarks

On the lower end processors, general usability is a big factor of experience, especially as we move into the HTML5 era of web browsing.  For our web benchmarks, we take four well known tests with Chrome 35 as a consistent browser.

Sunspider 1.0.2

Sunspider 1.0.2

Mozilla Kraken 1.1

Kraken 1.1



Google Octane v2

Google Octane v2


AMD A10-7870K Overview Professional Performance: Windows


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  • nikaldro - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    Both the 860k and the 870k are steamroller CPUs.
    They're pretty much the same.
  • Cryio - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link


    Either 750 Ti and a 860K OR
    260X and an i3.

    Same performance, same cost.
  • nikaldro - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The 260X (and radeon GPUs in general) don't do well with dual cores, as proven by digital foundry. It looks like their DX11 drivers are having problems.
    You could go i5 + 260X for just a bit more than i3 + 750ti, and have way better performance.
  • msroadkill612 - Thursday, May 23, 2019 - link

    Would such cpu only processors be any faster than the equivalent APU?

    ie. - are there any performance or other downsides to having the integrated gpu?

    as in, if you had an apu anyway, are there advantages for a dgpu rig to swap processors?
  • rtho782 - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    But this is a dual core. A dual core with CMT, which even AMD admits has failed and is dumping for Zen.

    It can only run two floating point threads.
  • MrMilli - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    There are no separate integer and floating point threads. AMD's 870K can run four threads, end of story. It has four 128-bit FMAC's, so I don't see your point. Reply
  • nikaldro - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    The point is, the 860k has 4 ALUs but only 2 FPUs. Reply
  • Jimster480 - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    It has 4 128-bit FMAC's (FPU's) which can combine to make 2 256b FPU's.
    It can process 4 normal floating point threads or 2 AVX threads.
  • Lolimaster - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    Try playing crysis 3 or any game with actually suffer with a 2 core cpu (worse without ht). Crysis 3 on pentium are a nice stop motion experience, 4 secs of game then half a second of stutter. Reply
  • nikaldro - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    Games like that are a lag fest on an 860k too, wich is pretty much the same as this APU's CPU.
    If you wanna play that kind of games, you don't even think about a 400$ budget build.

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