|Intel Core i7 CPU & DX58SO X58 Platform|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Miles Cheatham - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 03 November 2008|
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POV Ray System Tests
The Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer(tm) was developed from DKBTrace 2.12 (written by David K. Buck and Aaron A. Collins) by a bunch of people (called the POV-TeamTM) in their spare time. The POV-Ray package includes detailed instructions on using the ray-tracer and creating scenes. Many stunning scenes are included with POV-Ray so you can start creating images immediately when you get the package. These scenes can be modified so you do not have to start from scratch.
In addition to the pre-defined scenes, a large library of pre-defined shapes and materials is provided. You can include these shapes and materials in your own scenes by just including the library file name at the top of your scene file, and by using the shape or material name in your scene.
We used the predefined benchmark included with the software and reported the rendering scores for both a single core (1 CPU) as well as all four cores (All CPUs).
SuperPi System Tests
Super Pi is used by many overclockers to test the performance and stability of their computers. In the overclocking community, the standard program provides a benchmark for enthusiasts to compare "world record" pi calculation times and demonstrate their overclocking abilities. The program can also be used to test the stability of a certain overclock speed. If a computer is able to calculate PI to the 32 millionth place after the decimal without mistake, it is considered to be moderately stable in terms of RAM and CPU. However, longer tests with other CPU/RAM intensive calculation programs will run for hours instead of minutes and may better stress system stability. While Super Pi is not the fastest program for calculating Pi (see software for calculating π for faster alternatives), it remains very popular in the hardware and overclocking communities.
We ran and reported calculations for 1M, 2M, and 4M.
WinRar System Tests
WinRAR is a powerful compression tool that allows you to create and manage archives in the .RAR format. WinRAR also supports the unpacking of other popular compression and archiving formats such as ZIP, TAR, and 7z.
For this test we used five high-resolution, 48-bit TIFF images whose file sizes average around 70MB which we then compressed into a single file for archiving. The time for the archival process was then recorded and reported