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Intel Skulltrail Performance Preview

By Vince Freeman :  February 4, 2008

PCMark05 Pro Performance

PCMark05 Professional is one of the popular PCMark system benchmark series from FutureMark, and is revamped to highlight current hardware and features additional multithreaded and multi-tasking performance tests. There is the usual selection of individual System, CPU, Memory, Graphics, and Hard Drive benchmark suites, and these continue to bridge the gap between synthetic and application-based benchmarks. For our purposes, the System, CPU and Memory areas will be where we concentrate our benchmarking efforts.

The PCMark05 System benchmark suite includes a wide range of tests, from Windows XP hard drive startup to video and audio encoding, and features a selection of standard desktop routines like text edit, virus scanning, and image decompression. Three of the benchmark scenarios are multithreaded, with the first two including two simultaneous tests, and the final one utilizing four program tests running simultaneously. This helps make the PCMark05 System benchmark a great analysis tool for our dual and quad core processors. For this test, the latest 1.2 patch has been applied.

The Intel Skulltrail platform starts off with a very slim victory in the PCMark05 System benchmark, posting a score that is virtually on par with the Core 2 Extreme QX9770. This shows that the overall system score is not influenced that heavily by the 8-core processing power of the Skulltrail, but let's see how the Memory and CPU tests come out.

The PCMark05 CPU results are almost a direct copy of the System benchmarking, and once again, the Intel Skulltrail platform and its dual Core 2 Extreme QX9775 processors don't impact the score at all.

The PCMark05 Memory benchmarking is where we see the noted difference between standard DDR2-800 FB-DIMM memory on the Intel Skulltrail and the low-latency DDR2-1066 used with the Core 2 Extreme QX9770.

Page 1

Taking a Walk Down the Skulltrail

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Test Setup and Benchmark Software

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    PCMark05 Pro Performance

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    SiSoft SANDRA XII and WinRAR Bandwidth Performance

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    CINEBENCH 9.5/10 and SANDRA Multi-threading Performance

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    MPEG-2, DivX, WMV, and High-Def Video Encoding Performance

    Page 7

    3DMark06 Pro, Quake 4 and FarCry Performance

    Page 8

    Company of Heroes, F.E.A.R. and Supreme Commander Performance

    Page 9

    Lost Planet Multi-threading & Power Consumption Testing

    Page 10

    Benchmark Analysis, Value and Conclusion

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