Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Reviewccokeman -
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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 E8400 performed as fast as the slower clocked Q9450, but fell behind the QX9770 when the comparison comes down to raw CPU speed. When overclocked to 4.2GHz, the 8400 just crushes the competition. In the Winrar Zip testing, the little 8400 keeps pace with the 9770 until the 500MB file size. In the RAR testing, the slower Quads give it a run for its money and show the worth of a quad in this benchmark.