Intel Core i7-5960X “Haswell-E” Processor Review

CPU Testing – Real World
We are adding real world tests to our CPU testing benchmark suite. These actually show you performance in a real world setting. Even better all of these tests are multi-threaded so they take full advantage of all of our CPU’s cores.

The first test is Adobe Premier Pro CC. We take a pre-compiled project that includes seven 4K H.264 clips of footage that were recorded at a bitrate of 80 Mbps. The input file sizes total 1.90 GB. The video stream is 3840×2160 (4K) in H.264 format with a framerate of 29.97 FPS. The audio stream is 1536 Kbps, 48.0 KHz, 16 bit Stereo in WAV format. The performance test measures the time to export the entire clip to a 4K H.264 MP4 format. The output is a high quality 4K video file. The lower the time the better.


Up next is HandBrake, it is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. We take a ~6.27 GB, 3840 x 1714, 73.4 Mbps, 24fps, H.264, .mov video file that is transcoded to a ~564 MB, 1920×856, ~6440 kbps, 24fps, H.264, .m4v video file. We measure performance by how long it takes to transcode the video. Of course lower times are better here.


The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, Free Software tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. POV-Ray includes a standard benchmark scene. We run the multi-threaded or All CPU benchmark. The benchmark gives us the elapsed time in seconds it takes to complete the rendering of the scene. Again lower times are better here.


WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. It has a built in benchmark module. After processing 10 MB data it gives an average speed in KB/s. Of course high speeds are better here. This benchmark takes advantage of memory as well so you will see quite a difference between the Z97 system and X79 and X99 systems.


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