In Autodesk 3ds max 2014 we benchmark the speed of mental ray rendering of a complex 3D scene.
The performance in Adobe Premiere Pro CC is measured as the time it takes to render a Blu-ray project with HDV 1080p25 video into H.264 format and apply special effects to it.
We benchmark performance in Adobe Photoshop CC using our custom test that is based on the Retouch Artists Photoshop Speed Test and consists of typical processing of four 24-megapixel images captured with a digital camera.
To test the processors’ performance at data archiving we launch WinRAR 5.0. Using maximum compression rate, we archive a 1.7GB folder with multiple files.
In order to measure how fast the tested CPUs can transcode video into H.264 format we used x264 FHD Benchmark 1.0.1 (64 bit). It measures the time it takes the x264 coder to convert an MPEG-4/AVC video recorded in 1920x1080@50fps resolution with default settings. The results have high practical value because the x264 codec is part of popular transcoding utilities such as HandBrake, MeGUI, VirtualDub, etc. We regularly update the coder used in this performance test. This time around, we use version r2431 which supports all contemporary instruction sets including AVX2.
None of our tests reveals any significant advantages of the Haswell Refresh processors over their predecessors. It might be expected considering that the only difference of the new CPUs is their higher clock rate. There is no other source for performance breakthroughs. Thus, the Core i7-4790, Core i5-4690, Core i5-4590, Core i5-4460, Core i3-4360, Core i3-4350 and Core i3-4150 are no more than 3% faster than their respective predecessors.