Benchmark Results: PCMark 7
Futuremark’s PCMark 7 whitepaper makes no mention of the benchmark’s thread optimization. Given that the Core i7-2600K outmaneuvers both the Core i7-3960X and Core i7-990X in all but one test, however, it’s pretty safe to assume we’re dealing with a metric predominantly limited to four threads.
The notable exception is the Computation test, composed of video transcoding (downscaling and high-quality) and image manipulation. There, the new Sandy Bridge-E part exhibits a notable advantage over Sandy Bridge, which in turn bests the Gulftown part.