3ds Max runs faster on the new Core i5 dual-core, but part of the performance benefit can be found in the fact that Turbo Mode accelerates the clock speeds up to 3.6 GHz under heavy load. This being a threaded test, we wouldn't expect to see the full benefit of Turbo; however, a single bin should still be available when we're until the CPU's TDP limit.
We’re seeing significant advantages when scanning for viruses using AVG anti-virus. Other AV solutions might show different results, though.
Creating a PDF document out of Powerpoint still is faster on Intel systems than on our AMD test rigs, but in this test the Core i5-661 has no noticeable advantage compared to Core 2 Duo. The Core 2’s larger L2 cache could be an advantage in this test.
Photoshop benefits signficantly from the new Core i5 dual-core. Although the processing time of our workload decreases by a quarter, part of this is due to the increased i5 clock speed with Turbo Boost. Hyper-Threading also likely comes into play, since our filters are all threaded.
WinRAR’s performance gains are probably due to the inclusion of Hyper-Threading, which maximizes utilization in threaded applications, such as WinRAR.
We see more performance in WinZip, but this time it's likely a result of Turbo Boost, since this app is not optimized for multiple cores.
- Clarkdale Efficiency Analyzed
- Intel’s Clarkdale Processors
- Intel's Core i5-661 (Clarkdale) CPU
- Clarkdale Platform: H55 (Intel DH55TC)
- Lining Up The Competition: AMD Athlon/Phenom II X2 And Intel Core 2 Duo
- AMD Platform: 785G (Gigabyte MA785GMT-UD2H)
- Intel Platform: G45 (Intel DG45ID)
- Test Setup
- Benchmark Results: Synthetics
- Benchmark Results: Games And 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Applications
- Benchmark Results: Audio/Video
- Power Consumption
- Efficiency Results