The virus scanner benchmark might best reflect how the average user spends CPU cycles on a computer.
AVG Antivirus shows us some wonderful performance gains with multiple CPU cores. A PC's performance can slow to a crawl while a scan takes place, but these results show that multiple cores can assume more of the load while shortening scan times.
WinZip and WinRAR show almost no multi-threading enhancements. WinRAR does have the edge with an apparent ability to at least take advantage of two cores, but no more than that.
- Are We There Yet?
- Test Methodology: How Do You Compare Multiple Cores?
- Test System Setup And Benchmarks
- Synthetic Benchmarks: 3DMark And PCMark Vantage
- Synthetic Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra
- Application Benchmarks: Audio Encoding
- Application Benchmarks: Video Encoding
- Application Benchmarks: 2D And 3D Graphics
- Application Benchmarks: General Usage
- Game Benchmarks
- Performance Analysis And Conclusion