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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  • Lolimaster - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    Pls check the spanish website noticias3d, 860/870K are fine for crysis 3 you wont suffer any kind of lag, just lower fps vs more expensive cpu's either AMD/Intel quadcore. Reply
  • nikaldro - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    Lower FPS = lag. It may be a bit better in this single case, but they're generally about even. Reply
  • Jimster480 - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    They are not at all even. In the original G3258 tests it was shown that the G3258 lost to a 760k Athlon in most gaming tests. Only exceeding it by a couple FPS in single threaded games. Its really a pretty horrible chip. Reply
  • nikaldro - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The results i saw were quite the opposite. Reply
  • Jimster480 - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    The 860k doesn't lag in Cyrsis 3. They have 4 threads and all modern instruction sets. The G3258 does not. Reply
  • nikaldro - Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - link

    4 threads with low IPC, and it costs more. Reply
  • Margalus - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    or far cry 3, which won't even start without a quad core. It is mandatory to have a quad core if you want to play that one. Reply
  • geekman1024 - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    Where did you get that information? No, you don't need a quad core CPU to play FC3. I played it on an Athlon 64 x2, and it's pretty playable (with HD7850).

    Neither did the recommended PC spec demanding a quad core CPU.
  • Cryio - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    He obviously wanted to type FC4. That one only accepts quads. Reply
  • AS118 - Monday, June 1, 2015 - link

    Honestly, with DirectX12 coming out, a dual core probably won't cut it in the future. The GTX 750 is a better investment. If asynchronous dual graphics that's vendor-neutral becomes a thing, the GPU part of the APU could work with the GTX 750 to render stuff, although if cost is a factor, a 7870K is good enough for 30fps 720 to 1080p gaming (although 720p to 900p is more reasonable imho) by itself without a dedicated GPU. Reply

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