SiSoftware Sandra 20/21-R6a – Hybrid big/LITTLE, Windows Server 2022, Benchmarks Updates

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We are pleased to release R6a (version 31.41) update for Sandra 20/21 with the following changes: Sandra 20/21 Press Release We are continuing to make improvements for hybrid (big/LITTLE) architectures – like Intel’s “Alder Lake” (ADL). In addition to detection, there are scheduling and benchmark optimisations that are ongoing. Hardware … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/21-R5 – Windows 11, TPM, Benchmarks Updates

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We are pleased to release R5 (version 31.37) update for Sandra 20/21 with the following changes: Sandra 20/21 Press Release When we introduced the crypto-processor (TPM) benchmark and information module in Sandra 20/21 – we had no idea that just a few months later Microsoft would mandate its presence for … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/21-R3 – Stability fixes

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We are pleased to release R3 (version 31.29) update for Sandra 20/21 with the following changes: Sandra 20/21 Press Release Hardware Support, Updates & Fixes All CPU Benchmarks: internal stability fixes; additional AVX512 optimisations. All GP-GPU Benchmarks: internal stability fixes; additional “Ampere” Ti optimisations. Reviews using Sandra 20/21: BabelTechReviews AMD … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/21-R2x – Pushing AVX512

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Note: We have updated R2 with R2x to fix an OpenCL GP-GPU bug discovered by Mark Poppin. We are pleased to release R2x (version 31.25) update for Sandra 20/21 with the following changes: Sandra 20/21 Press Release Benchmark Support, Updates & Fixes CPU Scientific Benchmark: greatly improved AVX512 GEMM (SGEMM, … Read more…

Intel 11th Gen Core RocketLake – Cache & Memory Performance (2x DDR4-3200)

What is “RocketLake”? It is the desktop/workstation version of the true “next generation” Core (gen 10+) architecture – finally replacing the ageing “Skylake (SKL)” arch and its many derivatives that are still with us (“CometLake (CML)”, etc.). It is a combination of the “IceLake (ICL)” CPU cores launched about a … Read more…

Intel 11th Gen Core RocketLake AVX512 Performance Improvement vs AVX2/FMA3

What is AVX512? AVX512 (Advanced Vector eXtensions) is the 512-bit SIMD instruction set that follows from previous 256-bit AVX2/FMA3/AVX instruction set. Originally introduced by Intel with its “Xeon Phi” GPGPU accelerators – albeit in a somewhat different form – it has finally made it to its desktop CPU lines with … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/21-R1X Updates and Fixes

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We are pleased to release R1X (version 31.20) update for Sandra 20/21 with the following changes: Sandra 20/21 Press Release Note: We have also back-ported most of the fixes to release R16x (version 30.120) update for Sandra 20/20 out now. Please update to this version of you are still using … Read more…

Intel Iris Gen 12 (UHD 750) Rocketlake Review & Benchmarks – GP-GPU Performance

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What is “RocketLake”? It is the desktop/workstation version of the true “next generation” Core (gen 10+) architecture  – finally replacing the ageing “Skylake (SKL)” arch and its many derivatives that are still with us (“CometLake (CML)”, etc.). It is a combination of the “IceLake (ICL)” CPU cores launched about a … Read more…

Intel 11th Gen Core RocketLake (i9-11900K) Review & Benchmarks – CPU AVX512 Performance

What is “RocketLake”? It is the desktop/workstation version of the true “next generation” Core (gen 10+) architecture – finally replacing the ageing “Skylake (SKL)” arch and its many derivatives that are still with us (“CometLake (CML)”, etc.). It is a combination of the “IceLake (ICL)” CPU cores launched about a … Read more…

Processor Multi-Core Efficiency: Inter-Thread Latency & Bandwidth Benchmarking

What is the “Processor Inter-Thread Efficiency” Benchmark? The “processor inter-thread efficiency” benchmark (ex. “multi-core Efficiency“) in SiSoftware Sandra has been specially designed to measure inter-thread/core/module/node/package communication efficiency of modern processors. It has been designed back in the days of the “Intel Pentium-D” (effectively two Pentium 4 in the same package) … Read more…

Intel 11th Gen Core RocketLake (i7-11700K) Review & Benchmarks – AVX512 Performance

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What is “RocketLake”? It is the desktop/workstation version of the true “next generation” Core (gen 10+) architecture – finally replacing the ageing “Skylake (SKL)” arch and its many derivatives that are still with us (“CometLake (CML)”, etc.). It is a combination of the “IceLake (ICL)” CPU cores launched about a … Read more…

Crypto-processor (TPM) Benchmarking: Discrete vs. internal AMD, Intel

What is a Crypto-Processor (TPM)? A crypto-processor or TPM (“Trusted Platform Module”) is a secure unit (or interface) designed to perform cryptographic functions in a secure manner. While in the past it was implemented by a hardened micro-controller (chip) that had to be installed onto the mainboard, it is now … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/21 (2021) Released!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Press Office SiSoftware Sandra 20/21 Released: Brand-new benchmarks & modules Updates: R1x, R2x, R3, R5, R6, R7a. London, UK, March 3rd, 2021 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 20/21, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/20/14g (2020 R14g) Future Hardware Support

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Updates R14e/g 30.96 (3-Feb-2021): Optimisations to AMD Ryzen 5000-series and older. R14c 30.95 (31-Jan-2021): Resolves possible crash issues on older AMD (Kabini, etc.) systems. R14b 30.94 (27-Jan-2021): Resolves issues on future Intel Rocketlake (RKL)/Alderlake (ADL) systems. R14a 30.93 (26-Jan-2021): Resolves issues on older Intel Haswell (HSW)/Broadwell (BRW) systems. As we … Read more…

ZHAOXIN KaiXian KX-U6780A Benchmarks – CPU Performance

Who is “Zhaoxin”? It is a joint venture of VIA Technologies that now effectively owns Centaur Technologies. Centaur/IDT used to make the “WinChip” – one of the few x86 compatible designs. After VIA aquisition, Centaur/VIA then produced the C3, C7 and finally Nano. After Zhaoxin formation, the designs continued with … Read more…

AMD Radeon RX 6800 (RDNA2, Navi2L) Review & Benchmarks – GPGPU Performance

What is “Navi2”? It is the code-name of the new AMD GPU, the 2nd generation RDNA (Radeon DNA) GPU arch(itecture) that itself replaced “Vega” / last of the GCN arch(itecture). Unlike the original Navi that was a mid-range GPU – this is the very much expected “big Navi” top-end GPU … Read more…

AMD Radeon RX 6900XT (RDNA2, Navi2X) Review & Benchmarks – GPGPU Performance

What is “Navi2”? It is the code-name of the new AMD GPU, the 2nd generation RDNA (Radeon DNA) GPU arch(itecture) that itself replaced “Vega” / last of the GCN arch(itecture). Unlike the original Navi that was a mid-range GPU – this is the very much expected “big Navi” top-end GPU … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/20/13 (2020 R13) Optimisations & Fixes

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As we continue to move towards Sandra 20/21 release, we are pleased to release R13 (version 30.88) update for Sandra 20/20 (2020) with the following changes: Sandra 20/20 (2020) Press Release Optimisations & Fixes GPGPU Crypto Benchmarks Hashing (SHA1, SHA2-256/512) performance optimisations across CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX CS, OpenGL CS SHA2-512 … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/20/12 (2020 R12) Updates & Fixes

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As we move towards Sandra 20/21 release, we are pleased to release R12 (version 30.85) update for Sandra 20/20 (2020) with the following changes: Sandra 20/20 (2020) Press Release Optimisations & Fixes: CPU Crypto Benchmark: AES HWA acceleration not used when available. [30.81 fix] VAES / AVX2 HWA acceleration may … Read more…