Intel Core i7-4770K Review: Haswell Has Landed

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Cinebench R11.5 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.


The new Core i7-4770K put up the best scores of any quad-core processor in the multi-threaded benchmark, but couldn't quite keep pace with the hex-core Intel CPUs. In the single-threaded test, however, the Core i7-4770K was the fastest of the bunch, due to its architectural enhancements and high Turbo frequency. All of the motherboards we tested, once again, performed similarly, though the third-party boards all finished ahead of the Intel-built board. 

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing

POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines, and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

The POV-Ray benchmark showed 4th Gen Core i7-4770K with some nice performance gains over 3rd Gen Core i7-3770K. In both the single and multi-threaded tests, the Core i7-4770K was clearly the fastest quad-core processor--only the hex-core Core i7-3960X was faster.

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