Results: Compression Apps
A failure to scale meaningfully tells us little in WinRAR. It’s tempting to point to IPC and clock rate as the primary influencers on performance, except that the Sandy Bridge-E-based Core i7-3930K is in first place.
More so than WinRAR, 7-Zip appears to leverage at least eight cores, perhaps leveraging higher IPC throughput to compensate for lower frequency, and almost tying the Sandy Bridge-EP-based Xeon E5. Both server/workstation-oriented CPUs trounce the more enthusiast-centric models, though.
This chart is sorted according to the most taxing workload, triggered with the –ez command line switch. Almost inexplicably, the Xeon E5-2697 V2 finishes this test in just 35 seconds, which is unbelievably faster than the second-place Core i7-4960X. I ran and re-ran the test, and watched it complete in the same amount of time, plus or minus one second.
The OpenCL-accelerated test interestingly seems to mirror what we saw from Photoshop—that is, the quad-core CPUs with the most modern architectures fare best, while the most complex eight- and 12-core configurations perform worst. There’s definitely something to this…
Typo, top of page two.
Where is the typo? Do you mean the x87? That's not a typo.
This is interesting but not uncommon. The server market needs the boosts while most consumer desktop CPUs are already faster than most software can go.
Of course in 5 years a SB i5 will be no longer relevant but until then it will serve just fine. Even a x58 i7 is still a viable option for a CPU and its been out for at least 4 years.
"Regardless of whether you love or hate the “wastebasket” design, the system’s specs are very impressive for the volume of space it occupies."
And this remark touches on the core of the problem. these are a specialized, niche market of professionals who're buying this uber-expensive desktop for PRODUCTIVITY. sure it should look nice, especially in the office of a professional designer. but must it be SMALL? honestly, build a giant aluminum bookshelf if you have to. make it look elegant and artistic, maybe give people some power to customize it's looks, but ultimately give people the ability to customize the machine and buy the level of productivity they need. Apple, you've done some great things, as well as some things that I don't particularly like. but watching you kill the freedom of the small group of designers who love your products is rather sad...
Hmm, on a quick Wikipedia read, x87 was the instruction set used for the floating point instruction sets in the 8087 and later FP co-processors. Interesting.
"Description: CPU - Central Processing Units Xeon E5-2697v2 12 CR 2.7GHz FCLGA2011"
Nobody optimizes CPUs for anything. The set up costs are ridiculous. The closest you'll get is a custom config, like a chip with (for example) both multi-socket support and overclocking or something, but you'd have to show up to intel with a truck full of cash.
Instead of pushing out code or getting the rest of the industry to use more threading applications and develop it to make it more stable and useable. Nothing.
I guess when we have a third world america. You might as well go back to a decade 1368x738 with it being the most popular in 2006. Who can afford it? It the retro push backward.
Not their job to write code, other than drivers. They do make x86 Android though, because the drivers are pretty much hardcoded.
Do agree on the 1366x768 though. It's the same number of lines as XGA, just with a few pixels on the side. Maybe Intel should have forced a PPI measurement on Ultrabooks - that might have helped.