Rendering and Scientific

CineBench 11.5

This rendering benchmark based off of the Cinema 4D engine is a terrific indicator for multi-threaded processing.

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In the single threaded test the Core i5-3470 is just 14% slower than the fastest Ivy Bridge processor available, though that difference increases to 35% once we enable the multi-threaded version of the test.

POV-Ray 3.7

POV-Ray has long been the poster child for multi-threaded processing and rendering.


The Core i7-3470 is within about 25% of the Core i7-3770K.

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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The results here are pretty standard as well. The Core i5-3470 does well against the other IVB and SNB parts until it hits 6 threads and above where it can start to fall behind. 
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