Publicado em 2 de mai. de 2020

This overviews our CPU testing methodology for 2020, including what’s being used on AMD’s R3 3100 & 3300X, Intel’s i9-10900K, and more. Ft. code compile, H.265 Handbrake, games, & more.

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Benchmarking begins again for our CPU test benches. We’ve completely overhauled our test suite from the past year, and this one will be in use for at least a year going forward. We typically get about 12-14 months of use out of our CPU test suites, but we update periodically along the way. We have one major bench overhaul annually, then we have minor updates (like important Windows changes, GPU driver updates, etc.) throughout the test period. These are easier to manage than the full overhauls, which require a few months of validation and data analysis to ensure we’re producing numbers that are useful. In this methodology piece, we’re going to show you some of the ‘bad data’ that we’ve produced (so that viewers can better understand why we toss some benchmarks), then show how we corrected that going forward.

In addition to all of this, we’ve added a whole host of additional validation reports before and after our test suites finish, which allow us to keep an eye on the bench setup to ensure everything remained as expected. This would include memory timings, which we manually control, but also includes CPU or BIOS changes.

New tests include code compile with Chromium, by very popular demand, Handbrake H.264 to H.265 transcode benchmarks, and returns of several from last year (but updated). We also included some standard deviation charts to help illustrate run-to-run variation and to also illustrate a method of catching bad data. We try to determine the best CPU for Adobe Premiere and video editing, Adobe Photoshop, transcoding, code compile/programming, and gaming in our benchmarks, among other things. Although our reviews will go heavy on the AMD vs. Intel CPU performance scaling, in this one, we’re focusing on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of benchmarking.

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00:00 – Introduction, Bad Data, & Reasoning

03:50 – Memory Selection & Important Considerations

05:20 – Cooler Selection & HEDT Cut-off

06:26 – Intro to New Tests: Code Compile & Chromium

08:18 – Chromium Compile Sample Chart

10:43 – Compile & Blender Thread Utilization

11:39 – Handbrake H.264 to H.265 Transcode Benchmarks

14:00 – Total War Three Kingdoms FPS & Standard Deviation

17:50 – Explaining Test Error & Reality

19:18 – Total War Frametimes & Consistency

20:40 – Total War Campaign Benchmark (FPS)

22:00 – The Division 2 Benchmark & GPU Challenges

25:15 – F1 2019 for Real-World Representation

27:00 – Red Dead Redemption 2 Dx12 vs. Vulkan Bench

29:20 – Adding More Medium Tests for Scaling

30:16 – Data Validation & Error Prevention

32:30 – Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Return

33:52 – Returning Games from 2019 Methodology

35:11 – 7-Zip, V-Ray, Blender 2.81 Cycles

36:18 – Power Testing, Conclusions

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