Test System, Benchmarks, And Settings
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|Socket AM3 Platform|
|Socket AM3 Platform||Asus Crosshair V Formula (Rev. 1.0), Chipset: AMD 990FX, BIOS: 9905 (2011-10-03)|
|AM3+ Processor||AMD FX-8150 (Bulldozer), 32 nm, 8C/8T, 3.6 GHz, 8 MB L2 Cache, 8 MB Shared L3 Cache, 125 W TDP, Turbo Core p-states: 3.9 and 4.2 GHz.|
|Common Platform Components|
|Dual-Channel DDR3||2 x 4 GB DDR3-1333, Kingston KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX|
|Discrete Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 6850, GPU: Cypress (775 MHz), Graphics RAM: 1024 MB GDDR5 (2000 MHz), Stream Processors: 960|
|System Drive||Samsung PM810, 256 GB, SATA 3 Gb/s|
|Power Supply||Seasonic X-760, SS-760KM Active PFC F3|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1|
|Drivers & Settings|
|AMD Radeon Driver||ATI Catalyst 11.8 Suite for Windows 7|
|Intel Chipset Driver||Chipset Installation Utility Ver. 188.8.131.520|
|Intel Rapid Storage||Ver: 10.6.0.1002|
Benchmarks and Settings
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|Audio Benchmarks and Settings|
|iTunes||Version: 10.4.1.10 Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min. Convert to AAC audio format|
|Lame MP3||Version 3.98.3 Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min convert wav to mp3 audio format Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)|
|Video-Benchmarks and Settings|
|HandBrake CLI||Version: 0.95 Video: Big Buck Bunny (720x480, 23.972 frames) 5 Minutes Audio: Dolby Digital, 48 000 Hz, Six-Channel, English to Video: AVC1 Audio1: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)|
|MainConcept Reference v2.2||Version: 184.108.40.20640 MPEG-2 to H.264 MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2) Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16 Bit, 224 Kb/s) Codec: H.264 Pro Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS) Profile: H.264 BD HDMV|
|Application Benchmarks & Settings|
|7-Zip||Version 9.22 beta LZMA2 Syntax "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5" Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload|
|WinRAR||Version 4.01 RAR Syntax "winrar a -r -m3" Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload|
|WinZip 15.5 Pro||Version 14.0 Pro (8652) WinZIP Commandline Version 3 ZIPX Syntax "-a -ez -p -r" Benchmark: 2010-THG-Workload|
|Autodesk 3ds Max 2012||Version: 10 x64 Rendering Space Flyby Mentalray (SPECapc_3dsmax9) Frame: 248 Resolution: 1440 x 1080|
|Adobe After Effects CS 5.5||Create Video which includes 3 Streams Frames: 210 Render Multiple Frames Simultaneously: on|
|Adobe Photoshop CS 5.1 (64-Bit)||Version: 11 Filtering a 16 MB TIF (15000x7266) Filters: Radial Blur (Amount: 10; Method: zoom; Quality: good) Shape Blur (Radius: 46 px; custom shape: Trademark sysmbol) Median (Radius: 1px) Polar Coordinates (Rectangular to Polar)|
|Adobe Acrobat X Professional||Version: 10.0.0 == Printing Preferences Menu == Default Settings: Standard == Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu == Encrypt all documents (128 bit RC4) Open Password: 123 Permissions Password: 321|
|Microsoft PowerPoint 2010||Version: 2007 SP2 PPT to PDF Powerpoint Document (115 Pages) Adobe PDF-Printer|
|Blender||Version: 2.59 beta Syntax blender -b thg.blend -f 1 Resolution: 1920x1080 Anti-Aliasing: 8x Render: THG.blend frame 1|
|Matlab||R2011a, Internal Benchmark: 10 runs|
A single efficiency test run was comprised of the following applications, in the order listed:
- Adobe Acrobat
- After Effects
- 3ds Max
Sandybridges=king of the hill(price to performance)
Bulldozer=budget cpu with multitasking capabilities.
Although I appreciate the work done on this article...
Nothing to see here folks, move along...
As for my own efficiency testing, I achieved 1.375V (cpu z), 4.4Ghz out of my 8120 with ease. I upped the NB to 1.115v (+.015V)wich added more stability and clocked the NB to 2600 to match HTT, wich brought another 1gb/s on sandra's memory test. All without disabling C1E or C3 states.
Would be nice to see some followups with memory testing, BD responds to fast speeds. Hard to read since its in a different language but the graphs are easy enough to see
sad to see amd's claims about efficiency turn out to be (much) less than accurate.
some people are definitely gonna complain about the ram used (ddr3 1333) and windows 8 or lack of highly threaded benchmarks like truecrypt encryption or pov ray tracing (as if those are always used by regular users lol) and stuff.
undervolting does look promising...but it doesn't seem to make any difference compared to sandy bridge systems. worse, bulldozer needs voltage increase to get more clockspeed.. i guess it will be more evident in fx 4100 and 6100 where substantial core voltage increase is necessary to get stock sandy bridge level performance out of them. that's just disappointing.
But if you ask me, this is a "defensive" chip in the processor wars. And no war has been won playing defense.
Meaning this war is a TOTAL loss to AMD... SADLY... AMD - ABSURDLY MORONIC DEVICES.