SYSmark, 7-zip

Testing Configuration

For this review, every single benchmark and test scenario we use has been updated or removed, including a couple of new entries. We are using the most up to date versions of each software as of last week, to make sure we account for any updates or architectural changes that have occurred. Here is the new suite, in alphabetical order.

  • 7-zip Compression
  • Audacity MP3 Encode
  • Blender
  • Cinebench R15
  • Euler 3D
  • Geekbench
  • Handbrake
  • POV-Ray
  • SiSoft Sandra
  • SYSmark 2014 SE
  • WebXPRT
  • X264 Encode

The full testbed configuration is listed below.

Test System Setup
CPU Intel Core i9-7980XE
Intel Core i9-7960X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1920X
Intel Core i9-7900X
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
Intel Core i7-7700K
Intel Core i5-7600K
Intel Core i7-6700K
Intel Core i7-6950X
Intel Core i7-6900K
Intel Core i7-6800K
Motherboard ASUS X399 Zenith Extreme (Threadripper)
ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe (Skylake-X)
ASUS Crosshair VI Hero (Ryzen)
ASUS Prime Z270-A (Kaby Lake, Skylake)
ASUS X99-Deluxe II (Broadwell-E)
Memory 32GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4-3200
Storage Corsair Neutron XTi 480 SSD
Sound Card On-board
Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB
Graphics Drivers NVIDIA 378.49
Power Supply Corsair RM1000x
Operating System Windows 10 Pro x64


SYSmark 2014 SE

SYSmark® 2014 SE (Second Edition) is an application-based benchmark that reflects usage patterns of business users in the areas of Office Productivity, Data/Financial Analysis and Media Creation. Joining these in SYSmark 2014 SE is a new Responsiveness scenario which models ‘pain points’ in the user experience when performing common activities. SYSmark 2014 SE features the most popular applications from each of their respective fields.

Both the 7980XE and the 7960X take over the top spots in our SYSmark performance scores. While you might assume that is an easy task for Intel because of the high core count, SYSmark has a strong emphasis on single core performance which means we need high clock speeds to get scores at this level. Intel has a great balance of single threaded clock and high core count that creates great overall system capability.

7-Zip Compression

7zip does pretty well with the Core i9 processors in our testing here though it isn't blowing away the AMD Threadripper at any of the tested thread counts.

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