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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Our single threaded result here shows the achilles heel of the Core i7-5960X processor. Single threaded performance just won't stand up to the likes of even the Core i7-4790K, which sells for a third of the price. Once we open up the application and more than one thread, this new CPU shines. With a score of 14.29, the HSW-E part is 55% faster than the Devil's Canyon and 28% faster than IVB-E.

POV-Ray 3.7

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

POV-Ray looks very much like the multi-threaded CineBench result, with the Core i7-5960X pulling away with a pretty commanding lead in overall performance. Without a doubt, this processor is the fastest consumer product we have seen rendering and encoding.


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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In our Euler3D results, all processors stall out once we cross the count of cores on each die. The Core i7-4790K slows down after 4 threads. The Core i7-4960X slows down after 6 threads. Thanks to the 8-cores on the Core i7-5960X, the simulation performance continues to scale very well, hitting a mark that is 24% faster than any other CPU we have tested. 
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