Since it is now a multi-core processor world, a more in-depth look at multi-threaded performance is certainly warranted - and without the limitations of single-threaded applications or component-specific benchmarks. we offer up three different multi-threaded benchmarks: CINEBENCH 9.5, CINEBENCH 10 and WinRAR.
CINEBENCH 9.5 & 10 Performance
CINEBENCH is a performance suite, which utilizes CINEMA 4D for both CPU and video-based testing. We use the multi-threaded CPU benchmark, which processes a large, detailed image file on-screen, and displays the test results. Both CINEBENCH 9.5 and 10 dynamically shift image processing on the fly.
If one core is finished its job, the program automatically segments the remainder of the image, thereby speeding up processing times considerably. The main difference between the two is the image workload, with CINEBENCH 9.5 offering a more mainstream test, while CINEBENCH 10 gives the CPU a much tougher workout.
The CINEBENCH 9.5 benchmarking shows the Phenom X4 9950 BE with the top AMD score, and has now closed the gap with the Core 2 Quad Q6700 for the overall performance crown. The Phenom X4 9350e also does well, slipping past the 2.93 GHz Core 2 dual core, and the Phenom X3 8750 and Athlon 64 X2 6000+.
CINEBENCH 10 benchmarking offers an even more demanding environment, and while the Phenom X4 9950 BE still owns the dual core competition, it falls back a bit from the Core 2 Quad Q6600.
WinRAR 3.71 Performance
WinRAR is one of the most popular compression programs, and it even includes an internal benchmark program that measures the performance of the RAR compression and decompression algorithm using a demanding worst-case data set. This multi-threaded test offers a data throughput rating, and while it does not relate specifically to cache or memory transfers, we have found that the overall throughput numbers do adhere closely to the overall architecture. A faster clock speed certainly helps, but the score also ties in closely with memory, cache and CPU performance.
The WinRAR testing is one of the nicest surprises for the Phenom X4 9950 BE, and it posts the top score. Even the 2.0 GHz Phenom X4 9350e impresses in the WinRAR benchmarking, almost matching the Core 2 Quad Q6700.