Experimental Tests
Euler 3D Fluid Dynamics

This fluid dynamics simulation is very CPU and memory intensive.  From the benchmark source website:

The benchmark testcase is the AGARD 445.6 aeroelastic test wing. The wing uses a NACA 65A004 airfoil section and has a panel aspect ratio of 1.65, a taper ratio of 0.66, and a 45 degree quarter-chord sweep angle. This AGARD wing was tested at the NASA Langley Research Center in the 16-foot Transonic Dynamics Tunnel and is a standard aeroelastic test case used for validation of unsteady, compressible CFD codes. Figure 1 shows the CFD predicted Mach contours for a freestream Mach number of 0.960.

The benchmark CFD grid contains 1.23 million tetrahedral elements and 223 thousand nodes. The benchmark executable advances the Mach 0.50 AGARD flow solution. Our benchmark score is reported as a CFD cycle frequency in Hertz.


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HyperThreading doesn’t offer much of a benefit here as the scaling between the two thread results and the 4 thread result on our Core i3-530 was only about 16%.


Microsoft Image Composite Engine

This application takes any number of images and attempts to “stitch” them together to make a single panoramic image.

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Though the Core i3-530 couldn’t compete with the Lynnfield processors in this test it had a great showing over the older Core 2 processors.

Hyper PI (Super PI)

From Wikipedia: Super PI is a computer program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point – up to a maximum of 32 million. It uses Gauss-Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of the program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute Pi to 232 digits.

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The HyperPi results are again somewhat of a positive as it was able to beat out most of the aging Core 2 lineup and the Phenom II X4 part.

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