Media Benchmarks

Download from: bit-tech.net

We've developed our own suite of benchmarks using real-world and open-source applications to simulate how PCs are actually used. The suite comprises an image editing test using Gimp, a video encoding test using Handbrake, and a multi-tasking test using 7-Zip to archive and encrypt a large batch of files while a HD movie plays in mplayer.

Gimp Image Editing

Website: Gimp

Far from being some kind of pr0n-filtering tool, Gimp is an open-source image editing application - Gimp is an acronym of GNU Image Manipulation Program. Our test simulates how well a PC can manipulate a collection of large digital photos, and to achieve a low time requires a PC with a powerful CPU, plenty of quick memory and efficient access to storage.

Image Editing

Application: Gimp

  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 7)
  • Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Fierce PC Prodigy GT (Windows 8)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K (3.4GHz/4.6GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3770K (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (3.3GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-2600K (3.4GHz/5GHz)
  • AMD FX-8350 (4GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 8)
    • 2248
    • 2328
    • 2022
    • 2413
    • 2010
    • 2121
    • 1969
    • 2401
    • 1916
    • 2308
    • 1805
    • 2127
    • 1714
    • 2225
    • 1020
    • 1177
    • 0
    • 0
0
500
1000
1500
2000
2500
Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Video encoding with Handbrake

Website: http://handbrake.fr

We use the open-source, GPL-licensed, multi-platform, multi-threaded video encoder Handbrake to encode a HD video using the H.264 codec. This primarily tests multi-threaded CPU and memory subsystem performance

Video Encoding

Application: Handbrake

  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 8)
  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 7)
  • Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (3.3GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3770K (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • FierFierce PC Prodigy GT (Windows 8)
  • Intel Core i7-2600K (3.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K (3.4GHz/4.6GHz)
  • AMD FX-8350 (4GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 4239
    • 4463
    • 4063
    • 4218
    • 3985
    • 4787
    • 3621
    • 4387
    • 3461
    • 4229
    • 3320
    • 3409
    • 3211
    • 4208
    • 3187
    • 4078
    • 2701
    • 3164
0
1000
2000
3000
4000
5000
Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Multi-tasking with 7-Zip and mplayer

Websites: www.7-zip.org and www.mplayerhq.hu

Multi-tasking is a phrase with which we're all familiar, as most of us are now used to running multiple applications at the same time. However, to run multiple applications well you need a powerful (ideally multi-core) CPU and plenty of RAM.

Our multi-tasking test performs a massive file backup (with encryption) using 7-Zip, while simultaneously playing back a HD movie file using mplayer, making it a demanding test for any PC.

Multi-tasking

Applications: mplayer and 7-Zip

  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 7)
  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 8)
  • Intel Core i7-3770K (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Fierce PC Prodigy GT (Windows 8)
  • Intel Core i7-2600K (3.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (3.3GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K (3.4GHz/4.6GHz)
  • AMD FX-8350 (4GHz/4.8GHz)
    • 1825
    • 1819
    • 1777
    • 1775
    • 1767
    • 1908
    • 1729
    • 1753
    • 1727
    • 1940
    • 1666
    • 1782
    • 1645
    • 1984
    • 1619
    • 1711
    • 1260
    • 1401
0
500
1000
1500
2000
Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Overall Score

The overall score is an unweighted mean average of the scores of the three individual tests. A score of 1,000 means that the test system is as fast as our reference PC, which used a 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 at stock speed, 2GB of Corsair 1,066MHz DDR2 memory, a 250GB Samsung SpinPoint P120S hard disk and an Asus P5K Deluxe WiFi-AP motherboard. The scoring is linear, so a system scoring 1,200 points is 20 per cent faster than our reference system. Equally, a system scoring 1,200 is 4 per cent faster than a system scoring 1,150.

Overall Score

Applications: Gimp, Handbrake, mplayer, 7-Zip

  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 7)
  • Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (3.3GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3770K (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Fierce PC Prodigy GT (Windows 8)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K (3.4GHz/4.6GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-2600K (3.4GHz/5GHz)
  • AMD FX-8350 (4GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Utopia Ballista LE (Windows 8)
    • 2712
    • 2788
    • 2478
    • 2966
    • 2436
    • 2860
    • 2403
    • 2836
    • 2353
    • 2427
    • 2258
    • 2730
    • 2217
    • 2791
    • 1660
    • 1914
    • 0
    • 0
0
500
1000
1500
2000
2500
3000
Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Cinebench R11.5 64-bit

Download from: www.maxon.net

Cinebench R11.5 uses Maxon's Cinema 4D engine to render a photo-realistic scene of some shiny balls and weird things (we miss the motorbike). The scene is highly complex, with reflections, ambient occlusion and procedural shaders so it gives a CPU a tough workout.

As Cinema 4D is a real-world application - used on films such as Spider-Man and Star Wars - Cinebench R11.5 can be viewed as a real-world benchmark.

Cinebench R11.5

64-bit, CPU test

  • Intel Core i7-3960X Extreme Edition (3.3GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Utopia Ballista LE
  • Intel Core i7-4770K (3.5GHz/4.7GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-3770K (3.5GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Intel Core i7-2600K (3.4GHz/5GHz)
  • AMD FX-8350 (4GHz/4.8GHz)
  • Intel Core i5-4670K (3.4GHz/4.6GHz)
    • 11.29
    • 13.61
    • 9.43
    • 9.82
    • 8.12
    • 10.23
    • 7.91
    • 9.73
    • 7.49
    • 9.78
    • 6.92
    • 8.25
    • 6.41
    • 8.39
0
3
5.5
8
10.5
13
Score, higher is better
  • Stock Speed
  • Overclocked

Discuss this in the forums

QUICK COMMENT

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

WEEK IN REVIEW

TOP STORIES

SUGGESTED FOR YOU