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. After the launch of Windows 8 SYSmark 2012 got updated to version 1.5, and this is exactly the version we are using in our test session.
As we have expected, the transition of new Core processors to new generation microarchitecture doesn’t have any impressive effect. SYSmark 2012 estimates Core i7-4770K performance only 10% higher than that of its predecessor with Ivy Bridge microarchitecture, Core i7-3770K. However, even this increase is enough to place Core i7-4770K higher in the ranks than Core i7-3970X in terms of average general performance. As for the Haswell’s advantage over the quad-core Sandy Bridge Core i7-3820, it is quite obvious and reaches 18%. However, do not forget that Core i7-3820 and Core i7-4770K are two generations of processor design apart.
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 Haswell microarchitecture demonstrates the highest performance advantage during well-paralleled multi-threaded load. This is yet another illustration of the changes introduced in it, which helped improve the efficiency of Hyper-Threading technology. However, Core i7-4770K becomes an absolute leader in completely different situations: in typical office and home use scenarios such as System Management, Media Creation and Office Productivity.