Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge Processor Review

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Futuremark PCMark 7

Futuremark's PCMark 7 is the latest version of the PCMark whole-system benchmarking suite. It has updated application performance measurements targeted for a Windows 7 environment and uses newer metrics to gauge relative performance. Below is what Futuremark says is incorporated into the base PCMark suite and the Entertainment, Creativity, and Productivity suites--the four modules we have benchmark scores for you here.

Futuremark PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance

The PCMark test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance during typical desktop usage. This is the most important test since it returns the official PCMark score for the system
Storage
  • Windows Defender
  • Importing pictures
  • Gaming

Video Playback and transcoding
Graphics

  • DirectX 9

Image manipulation
Web browsing and decrypting

The Entertainment test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in entertainment scenarios using mostly application workloads. Individual tests include recording, viewing, streaming and transcoding TV shows and movies, importing, organizing and browsing new music and several gaming related workloads. If the target system is not capable of running DirectX 10 workloads then those tests are skipped. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given an Entertainment test score.

The Creativity test contains a collection of workloads to measure the system performance in typical creativity scenarios. Individual tests include viewing, editing, transcoding and storing photos and videos. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Creativity test score.

The Productivity test is a collection of workloads that measure system performance in typical productivity scenarios. Individual workloads include loading web pages and using home office applications. At the end of the benchmark run the system is given a Productivity test score.


The Core i7-3770K put up the best scres in the various PCMark 7 tests. Please note, the excellent score in the Creativity test is due to PCMark leveraging the Core i7-3770K's Quick Sync video encoding capabilities. In that group of tests, the Core i7-3770K's integrated HD 4000 graphics engine (iGPU) was in use, hence Quick Sync was enabled. In all of the other test scenarios, our systems used the same discrete graphics card and the results are much more in-line. However, even with the discrete GPU (dGPU), the Core i7-3770K put up the best scores we have seen in PCMark 7.
 

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