CPU Hardware Reviews

CPU Charts 2017 / 2018 – Compute and Rendering Performance (Part 3)

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Here and now we deal with the rendering and performance of pure compute tasks. We cover gaming performance, as well as workstation performance in CAD (real-time display), in other parts of these CPU charts:

Anyone who believes that professional software scales almost at will with the number of possible threads is definitely wrong. On the one hand, not all tasks can be parallelized at will and on the other hand we come across sometimes very long-lasting software products, the scaling of which extends over four or a maximum of eight threads. Other applications, on the other hand, can create as many as 16 or more threads, depending on the CPU used.

That's why we've included the typical representatives in these charts from each of these possible software packages to question both ways of scaling. The highest possible physical core count, especially many threads thanks to hyper-threading or SMT, or would you rather have the best possible beat?  For many areas, it no longer necessarily has to be an Intel Xeon, because often the (usually faster) consumer variant is enough if you can do without ECC RAM. With the budget thus saved, there is almost always more room for manoeuvre for the graphics hardware.

The test setup

We have already described the test methodology in the basic article "How we test graphics cards, as of February 2017" in great detail and so we now only refer to this detailed description for the sake of simplicity. So if you want to read everything again, you are welcome to do so. 

In this case, only the hardware configuration with CPU, RAM, motherboard, as well as the new cooling is different, so that the summary in table form quickly gives a brief overview of the system used here and today:

Test systems and measuring rooms
AMD Socket AM4
MSI X370 Tomahawk
2x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RGB

AMD Socket SP3 (TR4)
Asis X399 ROG Zenith Extreme
4x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RGB

AMD Socket AM3+
Asus Sabertooth 990FX
2x 8 GB Corsair Dominator Platinum DDR3 2133

Intel Socket 1151 (Z370):

MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
4x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3600 RGB

Intel Socket 1151 (Z270):
MSI Z270 Gaming 7
2x 8GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200-2666 MHz

Intel Socket 2066
MSI X299 Gaming Pro Carbon AC
4x 8 GB G.Skill TridentZ DDR4-3200 RGB

Intel Socket 2011v3:
Intel Core i7-6900K
MSI X99S XPower Gaming Titanium
4x 4 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-2400

All systems:
GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition (Gaming)
Nvidia Quadro P6000 (Workstation)

1x 1 TByte Toshiba OCZ RD400 (M.2, System SSD)
4x 1050 GByte Crucial MX 300 (Storage, Images)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro (all updates)

Alphacool Ice Age 2000 Chiller
Alphacool Ice Block XPX
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Monitor: Eizo EV3237-BK
Lian Li PC-T70 with expansion kit and modifications
Modes: Open Benchtable, Closed Case
Power consumption:
non-contact DC measurement on the PCIe slot (Riser-Card)
non-contact DC measurement on the external PCIe power supply
direct voltage measurement at the shunts, the respective feeders and the power supply
Reading out the motherboard sensors
2x Rohde & Schwarz HMO 3054, 500 MHz multi-channel oscillograph with memory function
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZO50, current togor adapter (1 mA to 30 A, 100 KHz, DC)
4x Rohde & Schwarz HZ355, touch divider (10:1, 500 MHz)
1x Rohde & Schwarz HMC 8012, digital multimeter with storage function
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles
NTI Audio M2211 (with calibration file)
Steinberg UR12 (with phantom power for the microphones)
Creative X7, Smaart v.7
own low-reflection measuring room, 3.5 x 1.8 x 2.2 m (LxTxH)
Axial measurements, perpendicular to the center of the sound source(s), measuring distance 50 cm
Noise in dBA (Slow) as RTA measurement
Frequency spectrum as a graph

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