Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed

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Futuremark PCMark 7 Tests

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.

From this point forward in this review, we'll not only be comparing the Core i7-4770K's performance to a handful of other high-end processors, but will also be comparing the performance of a quartet of motherboards. As we mentioned in the test setup section on the previous page, the Intel board used for testing was the DZ87KLT-75K, the Asus board is the Z87-Deluxe, the MSI board is the Z87-GD65, and the Gigabyte board is the Z87X-UD3H.

Our result with PCMark 7 were somewhat surprising. When using the integrated Intel HD graphics processors, the Core i7-3770K ended up being faster overall than the 4770K, due to the former's somewhat higher performance in the video encoding test, which leverages Intel's Quick Sync technology. With a discrete GPU installed, however, the Core i7-4770K was a bit faster than the 3770K here.
 


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