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

Intel iRIS Xe Gen 12

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

Intel Core i7 Gen 11

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, Microsoft HV

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…

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…

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…

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…