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PCMark 7, Cinebench and Lame MT

Futuremark PCMark 7 Testing

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 application metrics to gauge relative performance. Below we're listing the total PCMark score for each test system.

With PCMark 7 we see a much smaller gain achieved by the overclock Core i7-4960X test bed; in fact it only posted a modest 3 - 4 percent gain (3.7 to be exact).  In this test specifically, disk IO affords you larger gains versus CPU and Memory throughput, which frankly is the way it works with most real-world light duty creativity and productivity apps.

Cinebench, on the other hand is a totally different animal...

Cinebench R11.5 Testing

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.

With Cinebench it's all about CPU and Memory throughput for crunching its rendering workload.  Here we see a similar 27 percent gain, like we did in our SANDRA testing, with respect to multi-threaded performance. Single-threaded gains were more modest, on the order of about 17 percent.

LAME MT Testing

In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. LAME is an open-source MP3 audio encoder that is used widely in a multitude of third party applications.

Performance was more tightly group for our lightly-threaded LAME testing, though there was a solid gain in production run time of 4 seconds for multi-threaded processing. Generally speaking we're looking at a 15 - 20 percent advantage for the overclocked test bed.

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