Test Results – Synthetic
PCMark05, like all of Futuremark’s benchmark suites, is made up of a series of tests designed to stress specific subsystems, such as hard drive, processor, or memory performance. SimHQ decided to use just the CPU suite and the total score.
The overclocked QX9650 unsurprisingly wins in both tests, though the total score between it and the QX9770 is extremely close. In the CPU suite, overclocking the QX9650 sees an improvement of over 1,000 points, with the 3.2GHz QX9770 falling into the middle of the three scores.
3DMark06’s two CPU tests were used since both are heavily threaded.
The higher frequency of the QX9650 overclocked to 3.33GHz again wins in both tests here, with the QX9770 naturally outperforming the other Yorkfield processor at its stock frequency.
Windows Media Encoder 9 was used for SimHQ’s content creation test. The application is a free download from Microsoft and is heavily threaded. Falcon 4: Allied Force’s intro movie, a 91MB .avi file, was converted into a .wmv file with high definition video and audio settings and the total time required by each processor to convert the file recorded. Shorter conversion times represent a better score for this particular test.
The overclocked processor performs the file conversion slightly faster than the QX9770, which beat out the QX9650 at its default speed by 15 seconds.