Overall System Performance and Gaming
Here is where we dig out the FutureMark tests.
For overall system performance we use PCMark Vantage, this is run in both x86 and x64 mode to give the best indication of performance.
Again we find that the new 1156 CPUs from Intel are quite impressive. They stand out in terms of performance considering their price point and market space.
For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool, 3DMark Vantage. This is a test that strives to mimic the impact modern games have on a system. FutureMark went a long way to change from the early days of graphics driven tests to a broader approach including physics, AI and more advanced graphics simulations. 3DMark Vantage uses the DX10 API in addition to having support for PhysX. Due to the PhysX support and our use of an NVIDIA GPU we run with PhysX enabled and disabled to give you the best indication of real system performance. For testing we use the "Performance" test run.
For 3DMark Vantage I was not as much concerned with the overall score, but wanted to take a close look at how the CPUs performed. As you can see from the chart, there is almost no comparison. The Core i5 is the slowest of the lot and it still performs very well - even with GPU based PhysX disabled.
Cinebench R10 x64
Cinebench is a synthetic rendering tool developed by Maxon. Maxon is the same company that developed Cinema4D another industry leading 3D Animation application. Cinebench R10 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
Again Lynnfield shows that it is a capable performer even with a professional application like Cinebench.