Real-world testing allows us to see how well a product will perform when used in the same manner as it would be in your house or office. It is an important side to performance testing as it can uncover hidden glitches in the way a product performs.
For real-world testing we use some common applications and functions. We test with LightWave 3D for rendering performance, AutoGK for Transcoding from DVD to AVI and two games for gaming testing.
Rendering of 3D animation is a system intensive endeavor. You need good CPU, memory and HDD speed to get good rendering times. For our testing we use LightWave 3D. This software from Newtek is an industry standard and has several pre-loaded scenes for us to use.
Lynnfield does not do as well as its bigger bothers in 3D rendering. This is due to the missing third memory channel. Still if you push the Lynnfield you can get some of that performance back without too much effort.
AutoGK stands for Auto Gordian Knot; it is a suite of transcoding tools that are compiled into and easy to install and use utility. It allows you to transcode non-protected DVDs and other media to Xvid or DivX format. For our testing purposes we use a non-DRM restricted movie that is roughly 2 hours in length. This is transcoded to a single Xvid AVI at 100% quality.
The times here are sort of all over the board. However at stock speeds the Lynnfield is a tad on the slower side. The Core i5 750 and the Core i7 870 come in at just under 40 minutes for your average two hour movie. Still you can overclock either one of them and your transcode times will drop dramatically.