Haswell-E Debuts: Intel Core i7-5960X Processor Review
Futuremark PCMark 7 & 8
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
- Windows Defender
- Importing pictures
Video Playback and transcoding
- DirectX 9
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 i7-5960X's performance in PCMark 7 was mixed. In the Creativity tests, which can better leverage the additional cores in Haswell-E, the 5960X led the pack. In the other tests, however, which aren't quite as heavily multi-threaded, the Core i7-5960X fell behind some of the other, higher-clocked, platforms. Overall though, performance was still very good.
PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests--plus battery life testing—to help consumers find the devices that offers the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case. This latest version of the suite improves the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments.
These tests can be run with our without OpenCL acceleration. We chose to run with OpenCL acceleration enabled to leverage all of the platforms’ CPU and GPU compute resources…
We don't have quite as much reference data available for this benchmark, but have a couple of high-end platforms represented. Here, the Core i7-5960X led the pack in the Work module, but it trailed the higher-clocked 4960X slightly in the Home module.