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Intel Core i5-750S: Since When Does The S Mean Slow?

Test Setup And Components

System Hardware
HardwareDetails
Performance Benchmarks
Motherboard (Socket LGA1156)MSI P55-GD65 (Rev. 1.0) Chipset: Intel P55, BIOS: 1.42 (09/08/2009)
CPU IntelIntel Core i5-750 (45nm, 2.66 GHz, 4 x 256KB L2 and 8MB Shared L3 Cache, TDP 95W, Rev. B1)
CPU Intel IIIntel Core i5-750S (45nm, 2.4 GHz, 4 x 256KB L2 and 8MB Shared L3 Cache, TDP 82W, Rev. B1)
RAM DDR3 (dual)2 x 2GB DDR3-1600 (Corsair CM3X2G1600C9DHX)
GraphicsZotac Geforce GTX 260² GPU: Geforce GTX 260 (576 MHz), Graphics RAM: 896MB DDR3 (1,998 MHz), Stream Processors: 216, Shader Clock: 1,242 MHz
Hard DriveWestern Digital VelociRaptor, 300GB (WD3000HLFS) 10,000 RPM, SATA/300, 16MB Cache
Power SupplyPC Power & Cooling, Silencer 750EPS12V 750W
System Software & Drivers
Operating SystemWindows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 x64 Service Pack 2 (Build 6000)
Drivers and Settings
Intel Chipset DriversChipset Installation Utility Ver. 9.1.1.1015
Intel Storage DriversMatrix Storage Drivers Ver. 8.8.0.1009

Audio Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
iTunesVersion: 8.1.0.52, Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Convert to AAC audio format
Lame MP3Version 3.98Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min.convert WAV to MP3 audio formatCommand: -b 160 --nores (160 Kbps)
Video Benchmarks Settings
BenchmarkDetails
TMPEG 4.6Version: 4.6.3.268Video: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 MinutesAudio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-channel, EnglishAdvanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 Kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DivX 6.8.5Version: 6.8.5== Main Menu ==default== Codec Menu ==Encoding mode: Insane QualityEnhanced multi-threadingEnabled using SSE4Quarter-pixel search== Video Menu ==Quantization: MPEG-2
XviD 1.2.1Version: 1.2.1Other Options / Encoder Menu -Display encoding status = off
Mainconcept Reference 1.6.1Version: 1.6.1MPEG-2 to MPEG-2 (H.264)MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2)Audio:MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, 2-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kbps)Codec: H.264Mode: PAL (25 FPS)Profile: Settings for eight threads
Application Benchmarks and Settings
BenchmarkDetails
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8Version: 8.5.287Virus base: 270.12.16/2094BenchmarkScan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
Winrar 3.9Version 3.90 x64 BETA 1Compression = BestBenchmark: THG-Workload
Winzip 12Version 12.0 (8252)WinZip Commandline Version 3Compression = BestDictionary = 4096KBBenchmark: THG-Workload
Autodesk 3ds Max 2009Version: 9 x64Rendering Dragon ImageResolution: 1920 x 1280 (frame 1-5)
Adobe Photoshop CS 4 (64 bit)Version: 11Filtering a 16MB 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 9 ProfessionalVersion: 9.0.0 (Extended)== Printing Preferenced Menu ==Default Settings: Standard== Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu ==Encrypt all documents (128-bit RC4)Open Password: 123Permissions Password: 321
Microsoft Powerpoint 2007Version: 2007 SP2PPT to PDFPowerpoint Document (115 Pages)Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 11Version: 11Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2

System Details: MSI P55-GD65 and Zotac GeForce GTX 260²