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Intel Second Generation Core i7 3820 Review

ccokeman    -   March 15, 2012
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Testing:

The first part of our testing will involve system-specific benchmarks.

 

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

  • Resolution: 2750 x 2048
  • Quality: 500
  • Limit Memory use: 512 MB

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Lower is Better

 

WinRAR is a tool that archives and compresses large files to a manageable size. Here, we will test the time needed to compress files of 100 MB and 500 MB. Time will be measured in seconds.

 

ZIP:

  

  

Lower is Better

 

 

RAR:

  

  

Lower is Better

 

Geekbench:

Geekbench 2.1 is a benchmark that tests CPU and memory performance in an easy-to-use tool. The measure used for comparison is the total suite average score.

  

  

Higher is Better

 

Bibble 5:

This test consists of converting one hundred 8.2 MP RAW images to JPEG format. The original file size is 837 MB. The measure used for comparison is time needed to convert the file, in seconds.

  

Lower is Better

 

In Apophysis, the Core i7 3820 is the fastest stock processor, based purely on clock speed alone. When overclocked, the i7 3820 and 2600K deliver similar results in this test. In the WinRAR testing, the i7 3820 performs well against the 2600K, which uses the same architecture. The Geekbench scoring shows that, as a platform, the i7 3820 and X79 chipset delivers a higher level of performance, while the Bibble 5 tests show how close the 2600K and 3820 are in terms of pure CPU performance.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Specifications & Features
  3. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  4. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, GeekBench, Bibble 5
  5. Testing: Office 2007, PovRay, Handbrake
  6. Testing: SiSoft Sandra, AIDA 64
  7. Testing: Sciencemark, Cinebench, HD Tune, PCMark 7
  8. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  9. Testing: Civilization V
  10. Testing: Battlefield Bad Company 2
  11. Testing: 3DMark 11
  12. Conclusion
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