As usual, we use Bapco SYSmark 2012 suite to estimate the processor performance in general-purpose tasks. It emulates the usage models in popular office and digital content creation and processing applications. The idea behind this test is fairly simple: it produces a single score characterizing the average computer performance in different tasks.
There is nothing unexpected here. Six cores based on progressive microarchitecture is an excellent recipe for an absolute win of the new LGA 2011 platform. The new Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition delivers about 12% advantage over the previous Intel’s six-core CPU on Gulftown and 13% advantage over the latest newcomer in LGA 1155 form-factor – Core i7-2700K. The lower-cost Core i7-3930K also does very well here. Just like its elder brother it turns out faster than the CPUs for any other platforms.
Let’s take a closer look at the performance scores SYSmark 2012 generates in different usage scenarios.
Office Productivity scenario emulates typical office tasks, such as text editing, electronic tables processing, email and Internet surfing. This scenario uses the following applications: ABBYY FineReader Pro 10.0, Adobe Acrobat Pro 9, Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Outlook 2010, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Word 2010 and WinZip Pro 14.5.
Media Creation scenario emulates the creation of a video clip using previously taken digital images and videos. Here they use popular Adobe suites: Photoshop CS5 Extended, Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5.
Web Development is a scenario emulating web-site designing. It uses the following applications: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, Adobe Dreamweaver CS5, Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.
Data/Financial Analysis scenario is devoted to statistical analysis and prediction of market trends performed in Microsoft Excel 2010.
3D Modeling scenario is fully dedicated to 3D objects and rendering of static and dynamic scenes using Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended, Autodesk 3ds Max 2011, Autodesk AutoCAD 2011 and Google SketchUp Pro 8.
The last scenario called System Management creates backups and installs software and updates. It involves several different versions of Mozilla Firefox Installer and WinZip Pro 14.5.
New processors perform great in all general-purpose applications, so we couldn’t find anything to complain about here. Core i7-3960X and Core i7-3930K are always at the top of the diagram thanks to a larger number of processor cores, to larger cache memory or more progressive Sandy bridge-E microarchitecture. However, it is already clear that Core i7-3820 due to be announced in Q1 2012 won’t be that lucky and will face worthy competitors from the top LGA 1155 products.