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.
Once again, all I can say is, impressive! - This showing is an indication that the new Sandy Bridge CPUs are more than up to the task of performing general computing. As there are also some encryption/decryption and encoding tasks running here, we can be fairly certain that Intel has geared this new CPU towards the top market demands. In other words, the new Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs are already set to do the things that people want, such as encrypt their files, decrypt movies (for viewing) and also transcoding video and audio to different formats.
For synthetic gaming tests we used the industry standard and overlockers bragging tool 3DMark 11. 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 11 uses the DX11 API in addition to having support for Physics run from the CPU, not PhysX. This puts things on a semi neutral ground as neither GPU can gain an advantage from proprietary code. .
The numbers here are not bad at all. They would appear to indicate that the Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 will not give you any grief in terms of gaming. We also do want to note that this review does not cover the GPU side of Sandy Bridge. That will be handled later in other reviews for the H67 chipset and will also be covered by Shane Baxtor, our resident GPU reviewer.
Cinebench R11.5 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 R11.5 tests your systems ability to render across a single and multiple CPU cores. It also tests your systems ability to process OpenGL information.
With Cinebench we see that the new Sandy Bridge CPUs can still do quite well. The 2500K is not in the lead, but the 2600K shows up in front of all but the 980X at stock speeds and right behind the 980X at 4.7GHz.