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Testbed Configuration and Testing Methodology

Obviously, the most exciting topic for discussion is the performance comparison between the new Core i7-4770K on Haswell microarchitecture and Core i7-3770K based on the previous generation Ivy Bridge microarchitecture. However, we didn’t stop at just these two processors, but also added two LGA 2011 CPUs based on the long-living Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. They are the fastest six-core Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition processor and quad-core Core i7-3820. Besides, we also tested the top AMD Piledriver processor – FX-8350.

A separate topic for discussion was the integrated graphics core in Core i7-4770K processor. When we measured its performance, the obtained results were compared with the data from Core i7-3770K and with those of the top AMD APU at the time – A10-5800K.

As a result, our testbeds were configured using the following software and hardware components:

  • Processors:
    • AMD A10-5800K (Trinity, 4 cores, 3.8-4.2 GHz, 4 MB L2);
    • AMD FX-8350 (Vishera, 8 cores, 4.0-4.2 GHz, 4 x 2 MB L2, 8 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-3770K (Ivy Bridge, 4 cores + HT, 3.5-3.9 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2, 8 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-3820 (Sandy Bridge-E, 4 cores + HT, 3.6-3.8 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2, 10 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-3970X Extreme Edition (Sandy Bridge-E, 6 cores + HT, 3.5-4.0 GHz, 6 x 256 KB L2, 15 MB L3);
    • Intel Core i7-4770K (Haswell, 4 cores + HT, 3.5-3.9 GHz, 4 x 256 KB L2, 8 MB L3).
  • Processor cooler: NZXT Havik 140.
  • Mainboards:
    • ASUS Crosshair V Formula (Socket AM3+, AMD 990FX + SB950);
    • ASUS F2A85-V Pro (Socket FM2, AMD A85);
    • ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe (LGA 1155, Intel Z77 Express);
    • ASUS Rampage IV Formula (LGA 2011, Intel X79 Express);
    • Gigabyte Z87X-UD3H (LGA 1150, Intel Z87 Express).
  • Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 (2 GB/256 bit GDDR5, 1006/6008 MHz).
  • Memory:
    • 2 x 4 GB, DDR3-1866 SDRAM, 9-11-9-27 (Kingston KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX);
    • 4 x 4 GB, DDR3-1866 SDRAM, 9-11-9-27 (Kingston KHX1866C9D3K2/8GX).
  • Disk sub-system: Intel SSD 520 240 GB (SSDSC2CW240A3K5).
  • Power supply unit: Corsair AX760i (80 Plus Platinum, 760 W).
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise x64.
  • Drivers:
    • AMD Catalyst 13.4 Driver;
    • AMD Chipset Driver 13.4;
    • Intel Chipset Driver 9.4.0.1017;
    • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator Driver 15.31.3.64.3071;
    • Intel Management Engine Driver 9.5.0.1345;
    • Intel Rapid Storage Technology 12.5.0.1066;
    • NVIDIA GeForce 320.18 Driver.
 
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