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…

Intel DG1 Discrete (Iris Xe Max Gen12) Review & Benchmarks – GPGPU Performance

Intel iRIS Xe Gen 12

What is “DG1” / “Iris Xe”? It is the gen(eration) 12 graphics introduced with the “TigerLake” (TGL) mobile APUs and will also feature on “RocketLake” (RKL) desktop APUs – but will also be launched as discrete GPU for laptops and even desktops as an add-in card. In effect, Intel is … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (Zen3) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 16-core/32-thread Performance

What is “ZEN3” (Ryzen 5000)? AMD’s Zen3 (“Vermeer”) is the 3rd generation ZEN core – aka the new 5000-series of CPUs from AMD, that introduces further refinements of the ZEN(2) core and layout. An APU version (with integrated “NaviX” graphics) is also scheduled to be launched later (as normal) but … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 5 5600X (Zen3) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 6-core/12-thread Performance

What is “ZEN3” (Ryzen 5000)? AMD’s Zen3 (“Vermeer”) is the 3rd generation ZEN core – aka the new 5000-series of CPUs from AMD, that introduces further refinements of the ZEN(2) core and layout. An APU version (with integrated “NaviX” graphics) is also scheduled to be launched later (as normal) but … Read more…

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (Zen3) Review & Benchmarks – CPU 8-core/16-thread Performance

What is “ZEN3” (Ryzen 5000)? AMD’s Zen3 (“Vermeer”) is the 3rd generation ZEN core – aka the new 5000-series of CPUs from AMD, that introduces further refinements of the ZEN(2) core and layout. An APU version (with integrated “NaviX” graphics) is also scheduled to be launched later (as normal) but … Read more…

nVidia RTX 3090, 3080: Ampere GPGPU performance in CUDA and OpenCL

nVidia 3090 RTX (Ampere)

What is “Ampere”? It is the latest arch(itecture) (SM8.x) from nVidia launching with the new Series 30 mainstream cards (RTX 3090, 3080 and soon 3070, 3060) cards, a major update from the previous “Turing”/”Volta” (Series 20, SM 7.x). A “Titan” pro-sumer version will also launch soon while the data-center A100 … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/20/11 (2020 R11) Update – Cache Bandwidth & Latency measurements

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We are pleased to release R11 (version 30.80) update for Sandra 20/20 (2020) with the following changes: Sandra 20/20 (2020) Press Release Benchmark: CPU Cache & Memory Latency Increased entropy for in-page & full random access patterns. Worst-case latency reported not average (as used by memory bandwidth). TLB optimisations for … Read more…

Performance Impact of Hyper-V virtualisation (Windows 10 Pro) – Compute

Hyper-V

What is “Hyper-V”? Hyper-V is Microsoft’s virtualisation solution, a Type 1 (i.e. “bare-metal”) hypervisor that is included in both Windows Server (2005) and more recently Windows Client (e.g. Windows 10). A hypervisor creates “virtual computers” where complete operating systems (VMs) can be installed – all sharing the same physical hardware. … Read more…

SiSoftware Sandra 20/20/10 (2020 R10x) Update – optimisations and fixes

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Note: Original R10 release article has been updated with R10x update. We are pleased to release R10x (version 30.77) update for Sandra 20/20 (2020) with the following changes: Sandra 20/20 (2020) Press Release Latest Sandra Version We are moving towards a tiered system where different versions (R numbers) are provided … Read more…

AVX512-IFMA(52) Improvement for IceLake and TigerLake

CPU Multi-Media Vectorised SIMD

What is Sandra’s Multi-Media benchmark? The “multi-media” benchmark in Sandra was introduced way back with Intel’s MMX instruction set (and thus Pentium MMX) to show the difference vectorisation brings to common algorithms, in this case (Mandelbrot) fractal generation. While MMX did not have floating-point support – we can emulate them … Read more…

Intel Iris Plus G7 Gen12 XE TigerLake ULV (i7-1165G7) Review & Benchmarks – GPGPU Performance

Intel iRIS Xe Gen 12

What is “XE” / “TigerLake”? It is 3rd update of the “next generation” Core (gen 11) architecture (TGL/TigerLake) from Intel the one that replaced the ageing “Skylake (SKL)” arch and its many derivatives that are still with us (“CometLake (CML)”, “RocketLake (RKL)”, etc.). It is the optimisation of the “IceLake … Read more…

Intel Core Gen11 TigerLake ULV (i7-1165G7) Review & Benchmarks – CPU AVX512 Performance

Intel Core i7 Gen 11

What is “TigerLake”? It is 3rd update of the “next generation” Core (gen 11) architecture (TGL/TigerLake) from Intel the one that replaced the ageing “Skylake (SKL)” arch and its many derivatives that are still with us (“CometLake (CML)”, etc.). It is the optimisation of the “IceLake (ICL)” arch and thus … Read more…