Benchmarks, turning the tide on gaming laptops
The Intel Core i7-6700K should best absolutely every laptop with mobile-focused chips, and should speed through every test we throw at it. This particular chip was OC'd to a very stable 4.5GHz and as a result of that should really be compared to other pre-built desktops, but we didn't do that here. We test in a multitude of different applications for the CPU performance. We include Cinebench R15, the X264 FHD Benchmark, Google Octane 2.0, Mozilla Kraken, and WinRAR to represent real-world workloads that you might encounter.
The first test is Passmark's internal memory benchmark test to see how DDR4 fares against its competitors.
It ends up being incredibly fast, just as fast as we'd expect. The test runs various amounts of uncompressed data through the RAM to test, compressed data tends to run much faster, though is much less realistic. This is incredibly fast, more than enough for any project you might need. Our next test is Cinebench R15, the most recent version of the rendering benchmark that uses a scene and the backend rendering path from Cinema4D to test the mettle of your CPU.
The extra CPU cycles per second end up being quite the benefit here, and the single-core advantage is significant enough, even if it looks small. Using all eight threads at 4.5GHz leaves everything else we've tested (this far, much more to come!) in the dust. Next up is the infamous X264 FHD benchmark to test how quickly it can encode a movie file.
Again, the higher frequency response helps it render much faster. CPU rendering can sometimes have better overall quality when using the X264 encoder compared to H264 on the GPU. H265, however, if you have a program that supports it, is much better. Those tests will be included as they become more prolific. Now on to the browser based benchmarks that stress various operations and workloads you'll encounter throughout your day. Octane 2.0 is first, then we'll unleash the Kraken. Chrome is used on all platforms for consistency.
As a show of how efficiently the EON17-X can complete browser-based tasks, we can see that, again, the extra clock speed is a great help. Browsers are becoming increasingly more powerful, and Mozilla themselves are even looking at being able to do more, like experiencing VR games, in your browser - so the faster, the better. We'll take a look at the performance of WinRAR next. Compression and decompression are mathematically intense and done on a more regular basis than you might realize.
WinRAR is one of the more optimized compression tools, having nearly 90% of all third-party applications. The last test will look at the ability of the CPU to execute OpenCL code, which is quickly becoming a way to leverage more efficient processing of certain types of data. To do this, we'll use CompuBench, which represents real workloads you might encounter, despite being obviously synthetic.
The last test is really something new, up and coming but very much a large part of the future. NVIDIA themselves have gone all in on the deep neural network learning industry, and so we've seen fit to include an actual benchmark utilizing open-source software that you can use at home. You can easily replicate this, and on Windows. We use Microsoft's own CNTK DNN framework and make use of an already installed library of image samples for it to process and learn. For the purposes of the benchmark, we use the CPU only and don't have cuDNN installed and don't take advantage of that, as right now there isn't an OpenCL or portable C++ implementation to use on AMD cards.
This is still a great benchmark of full-system performance as it's I/O heavy and resource intense. We take all the reported samples per second from the test and average them, coming up with the resultant samples/second you see here. DNN's are the next big thing, so why not include one as a benchmark?
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