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Intel Core I7 Review

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The first part of our testing regimen will be the system specific benchmarks.


Let's get started with Apophysis. This program is used primarily to render and generate fractal flame images. We will run this benchmark with the following settings:

  • Resolution: 2750x2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512MB



The measurement used is time to render, in minutes, to complete.











Lower is Better


WinRAR is a tool to archive and compress large files to a manageable size. We will use 10MB, 100MB and 500MB files and test the time needed to compress these files. Time will be measured in seconds.










In Apophysis, the Nehalem triplets just cleaned house over the previous generation Core2 processors. When the QX9770 and I7 965 are compared, there is a six minute difference in time to render the flame image. In the WinRAR testing there is not a whole lot to be seen at the 10MB level, When it comes to the 100MB and 500MB compression tests the Core I7 processors take less time to complete the required compression. The difference in performance is greater as the size of the file increases.


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