AMD A8 3870K review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/17/2012 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
DhryStone CPU test
We make use of a multi-threaded Dhrystone test from SiSoftware Sandra, which is basically a suite of arithmetic and string manipulating programs. Since the whole program should be really small, it fits into the processor cache. It can be used to measure two aspects, both the processor's speed as well as the optimizing capabilities of the compiler. The resulting number is the number of executions of the program suite per second.
First up, The SANDRA DhryStone and Whetstone tests. These two tests are pure unadulterated 100% CPU tests that run completely within the CPU + cache memory itself. A perfect test to see the general efficiency per core. Though one of the oldest, Dhrystone remains a simple yet extremely accurate and effective way to show you RAW CPU processing performance making it a very good indicator. The rest of the processors are in the charts just for scaling.
So then, let me first explain how and what we will be testing and comparing in this article. Due to the nature of changes in our benchmark software we'll try to add many processors per benchmark title for you to compare to.
Your main focus should be on the light blue bars. We show the reference baseline performance and the performance once overclocked to 3700 MHz.
The other processor/mobo entries are there for CPU/APU and respective platform scaling throughout the benchmark session.
The Whetstone benchmark is a synthetic benchmark for evaluating the performance of computers. It was initially written in Algol 60, back in 1972. The Whetstone benchmark originally measured computing power in units of kilo-Whetstone Instructions Per Second (kWIPS). This was later changed to Millions of Whetstone Instructions Per Second (MWIPS).
The Whetstone benchmark primarily measures the floating-point (FPU) arithmetic performance. A similar benchmark for integer and string operations is thus the Dhrystone.
Based on the Lynx APU architecture, the AMD A8-3870K BE APU has unlocked multipliers, that means we can not only boost the processor performance a bit, but also the internal GPU.