x264 HD Benchmark 3.0

Discussion in 'Reviews & Articles' started by Adrian Wong, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Shadowrun

    Shadowrun Newbie

    Just for curiosity...

    I've OC'ed i7 860 to 4 Ghz.

    Results:

    Looking at benchmarks results "agreggate", is it normal that Core i5 [email protected]'6 Ghz scored same as i7 86[email protected]'8 Ghz ?

    And when it's OC'ed to 4.33Ghz it scored much higher?


    PS: Judging from a few overclock-Corei5 guides I'd say 4.33Ghz is quite extreme....
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010
  2. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Good point. The Core i5-750 (2.66 GHz) was also faster than the Core i7-920 (2.66 GHz) in Pass 1.

    But it was quite different in Pass 2. The Core i5-750 was much slower.

    Look at the Average / Aggregate score. The Core i5-750 ended up slower than the Core i7-920 and the Core i7-860.

    Although cheating is possible, we hope that no one does this as we merely want to provide a record of performance results for various CPUs at different clock speeds.
     
  3. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    Those scores looked quite impossible, especially the 4.33GHz.
     
  4. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    x264 HD BENCHMARK 3.0 RESULTS

    Please do not compare it with older versions of the benchmark!
    Please copy/paste everything below the line to to report your data

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Results for x264.exe r1342
    --------------------------
    encoded 1442 frames, 110.16 fps, 3901.21 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 111.76 fps, 3900.68 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 112.11 fps, 3900.68 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 109.93 fps, 3900.68 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 33.17 fps, 3971.56 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 33.24 fps, 3970.61 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 33.36 fps, 3970.65 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 33.25 fps, 3968.26 kb/s


    System Details
    --------------
    Name Intel Core i7 920
    product System Product Name
    Codename Bloomfield
    Specification Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Core Stepping D0
    Technology 45 nm
    Stock frequency 2666 MHz
    Core Speed 4438.4 MHz

    Northbridge Intel X58 rev. 13
    Southbridge Intel 82801JR (ICH10R) rev. 00

    CAS# latency (CL) 9.0
    RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 9
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 9
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 24
    Command Rate (CR) 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Memory Frequency 845.4 MHz (2:8)
    Memory Type DDR3
    Memory Size 12288 MBytes
    Channels Triple

    Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Ultimate Edition (Build 7600)

    Number of processors 1
    Number of threads 4
    Number of threads 4 (max 16)
    L2 cache 4 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T
    Package (platform ID) Socket 1366 LGA (0x1)

    Temperature 0 33°C (91°F) [0x21] (SYSTIN)
    Temperature 1 55°C (130°F) [0x6D] (CPUTIN)
    Temperature 2 13°C (54°F) [0x19] (AUXTIN)
    Temperature 0 68°C (154°F) [0x20] (Core #0)
    Temperature 1 65°C (148°F) [0x23] (Core #1)
    Temperature 2 61°C (141°F) [0x27] (Core #2)
    Temperature 3 64°C (147°F) [0x24] (Core #3)
     
  5. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    A quick note to the above run.

    I run my i7 920 overclocked without Hyperthreading, as it runs much cooler, requires less voltage for a stable overclock (1.4v on the 920 Stepping D0 above for 4.43ghz), and from what I can tell HT is a performance advantage in very few applications.

    The motherboard is an Asus Rampage II GENE, BIOS 0904 (stay away from 1033 and 1104), BCLK 211 @ 21x. The memory is Patriot PVT312G1333LLHK @ 1690mhz VDIMM @ 1.65v. The CPU cooler is a Coolermaster V10, in a Coolermaster Storm Sniper Black case (plenty of cooling).

    I was looking for tools for testing HD video encoding, and ran across your benchmark. Thanks for posting it!

    I will check back and see how the testing is going, and check if anyone has any questions.
     
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  6. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    I noticed that the download link provided by the benchmark application pointed to a download for the Avisynth_258.exe installer, while the link in the article points to the Avisynth_257.exe installer. My run was done with the link given by the benchmark, Avisynth_258.exe

    Scott
     
  7. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    Here is an i7 920 @ 2.67ghz at stock settings throughout. Turbo disabled, and Hyperthreading enabled.

    x264 HD BENCHMARK 3.0 RESULTS

    Please do not compare it with older versions of the benchmark!
    Please copy/paste everything below the line to to report your data

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Results for x264.exe r1342
    --------------------------
    encoded 1442 frames, 63.98 fps, 3899.02 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 63.46 fps, 3899.02 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 64.60 fps, 3898.50 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 64.01 fps, 3899.02 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 24.81 fps, 3971.06 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 25.01 fps, 3954.02 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 25.10 fps, 3959.75 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 24.85 fps, 3971.04 kb/s


    System Details
    --------------
    Name Intel Core i7 920
    product System Product Name
    Codename Bloomfield
    Specification Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Core Stepping D0
    Technology 45 nm
    Stock frequency 2666 MHz
    Core Speed 2669.8 MHz

    Northbridge Intel X58 rev. 13
    Southbridge Intel 82801JR (ICH10R) rev. 00

    CAS# latency (CL) 9.0
    RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 9
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 9
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 24
    Command Rate (CR) 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Memory Frequency 801.0 MHz (2:12)
    Memory Type DDR3
    Memory Size 12288 MBytes
    Channels Triple

    Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Ultimate Edition (Build 7600)

    Number of processors 1
    Number of threads 8
    Number of threads 8 (max 16)
    L2 cache 4 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T
    Package (platform ID) Socket 1366 LGA (0x1)

    Temperature 0 30°C (85°F) [0x1E] (SYSTIN)
    Temperature 1 39°C (102°F) [0x4E] (CPUTIN)
    Temperature 2 16°C (59°F) [0x1F] (AUXTIN)
    Temperature 0 48°C (118°F) [0x34] (Core #0)
    Temperature 1 44°C (111°F) [0x38] (Core #1)
    Temperature 2 47°C (116°F) [0x35] (Core #2)
    Temperature 3 42°C (107°F) [0x3A] (Core #3)
     
  8. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    Here is the same i7 920 @ 2.67ghz at stock settings, without Hyperthreading )HT) enabled. Note differences in results for Pass 1 (faster without HT), and Pass 2 (faster with HT).

    x264 HD BENCHMARK 3.0 RESULTS

    Please do not compare it with older versions of the benchmark!
    Please copy/paste everything below the line to to report your data

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Results for x264.exe r1342
    --------------------------
    encoded 1442 frames, 70.60 fps, 3900.68 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 70.52 fps, 3900.68 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 70.29 fps, 3900.68 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 70.07 fps, 3900.68 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 20.61 fps, 3971.32 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 20.45 fps, 3972.12 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 20.63 fps, 3971.77 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 20.51 fps, 3970.80 kb/s


    System Details
    --------------
    Name Intel Core i7 920
    product System Product Name
    Codename Bloomfield
    Specification Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Core Stepping D0
    Technology 45 nm
    Stock frequency 2666 MHz
    Core Speed 2669.9 MHz

    Northbridge Intel X58 rev. 13
    Southbridge Intel 82801JR (ICH10R) rev. 00

    CAS# latency (CL) 9.0
    RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 9
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 9
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 24
    Command Rate (CR) 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Memory Frequency 801.0 MHz (2:12)
    Memory Type DDR3
    Memory Size 12288 MBytes
    Channels Triple

    Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Ultimate Edition (Build 7600)

    Number of processors 1
    Number of threads 4
    Number of threads 4 (max 16)
    L2 cache 4 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T
    Package (platform ID) Socket 1366 LGA (0x1)

    Temperature 0 31°C (87°F) [0x1F] (SYSTIN)
    Temperature 1 38°C (100°F) [0x4C] (CPUTIN)
    Temperature 2 15°C (58°F) [0x1D] (AUXTIN)
    Temperature 0 47°C (116°F) [0x35] (Core #0)
    Temperature 1 45°C (112°F) [0x37] (Core #1)
    Temperature 2 46°C (114°F) [0x36] (Core #2)
    Temperature 3 44°C (111°F) [0x38] (Core #3)
     
  9. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Thanks for the results, hmscott! +rep! :thumb:

    It is certainly interesting to note the effect of turning off HT on the results.

    Regarding AVISynth, the newer version has no effect on the results.
     
  10. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    x264 HD Benchmark 3.08

    The new x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 is here!

    This is the improved version of the x264 HD Benchmark 2.0 benchmark which has become a standard CPU benchmark for Tech ARP as well as many other hardware enthusiasts.

    The new x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 ups the ante by using the latest r1342 x264 encoder as well as other changes under the hood. This makes the x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 the new best tool for testing the full capabilities of modern multi-core processors.

    Do note that due to the changes, the results from x264 HD Benchmark 3.0 are NOT comparable with results from older versions of the benchmark.

    In addition to the release of the benchmark, we will be compiling benchmark results for this new version. So please contribute your new benchmark results to this project! :beer:

    Check out the latest results!

    [​IMG]

    Link : x264 HD Benchmark 3.08
     
  11. Shadowrun

    Shadowrun Newbie

    Ok. Don't forget to add my OC'ed results next release (top of this page) ;)
     
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  12. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    Thanks for the +rep Adrian!

    And, yes I am also now more interested in trying other applications with and without HT enabled to see what the effect is on the performance. I wonder if there are optimizations for both that can be included in applications to take advantage of either situation.

    Scott
     
  13. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    x264 HD BENCHMARK 3.0 RESULTS

    Please do not compare it with older versions of the benchmark!
    Please copy/paste everything below the line to to report your data

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Results for x264.exe r1342
    --------------------------
    encoded 1442 frames, 101.69 fps, 3899.02 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 101.71 fps, 3899.02 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 101.25 fps, 3899.02 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 101.39 fps, 3898.30 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 39.73 fps, 3949.41 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 40.10 fps, 3959.88 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 39.83 fps, 3966.32 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 39.70 fps, 3968.95 kb/s


    System Details
    --------------
    Name Intel Core i7 920
    product System Product Name
    Codename Bloomfield
    Specification Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 920 @ 2.67GHz
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Specification PC3-10700
    Core Stepping D0
    Technology 45 nm
    Stock frequency 2666 MHz
    Core Speed 4334.1 MHz

    Northbridge Intel X58 rev. 13
    Southbridge Intel 82801JR (ICH10R) rev. 00

    CAS# latency (CL) 9.0
    RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 9
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 9
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 24
    Command Rate (CR) 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Command Rate 2T
    Memory Frequency 825.5 MHz (2:8)
    Memory Type DDR3
    Memory Size 12288 MBytes
    Channels Triple

    Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Ultimate Edition (Build 7600)

    Number of processors 1
    Number of threads 8
    Number of threads 8 (max 16)
    L2 cache 4 x 256 KBytes, 8-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, EM64T
    Package (platform ID) Socket 1366 LGA (0x1)

    Temperature 0 30°C (85°F) [0x1E] (SYSTIN)
    Temperature 1 61°C (140°F) [0x79] (CPUTIN)
    Temperature 2 17°C (61°F) [0x21] (AUXTIN)
    Temperature 0 72°C (161°F) [0x1C] (Core #0)
    Temperature 1 72°C (161°F) [0x1C] (Core #1)
    Temperature 2 71°C (159°F) [0x1D] (Core #2)
    Temperature 3 64°C (147°F) [0x24] (Core #3)
     
  14. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    Whoops! How did I miss that??? :wall: :wall:

    Thanks for the reminder! +rep too!! :thumb: :thumb:
     
  15. Adrian Wong

    Adrian Wong Da Boss Staff Member

    BTW, hmscott, can you redo your benchmark @ 4.43 GHz (posted here - http://forums.techarp.com/reviews-articles/25637-x264-hd-benchmark-3-0-a-9.html#post355999) but this time with HT enabled? BTW, are these results with HT enabled and Turbo Boost disabled?

    For directly comparable results, I think we will only publish results for Core i7/i5/i3 processors with HT enabled and Turbo Boost disabled.

    Thanks! :thumb:
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2010
  16. maalitehdas

    maalitehdas Newbie

    Why is my HTPC so slow?

    Results for x264.exe r1342
    --------------------------
    encoded 1442 frames, 28.43 fps, 3899.26 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 28.48 fps, 3899.26 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 28.33 fps, 3899.26 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 26.76 fps, 3899.26 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 6.83 fps, 3971.79 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 6.84 fps, 3971.71 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 6.85 fps, 3971.56 kb/s
    encoded 1442 frames, 6.84 fps, 3971.51 kb/s


    System Details
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    Name Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
    Codename Wolfdale
    Specification Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz
    Core Stepping C0
    Technology 45 nm
    Stock frequency 3000 MHz
    Core Speed 1999.7 MHz
    FID range 6.0x - 9.0x

    Northbridge Intel X38 rev. 01
    Southbridge Intel 82801IR (ICH9R) rev. 02

    CAS# latency (CL) 5.0
    RAS# to CAS# delay (tRCD) 5
    RAS# Precharge (tRP) 5
    Cycle Time (tRAS) 15
    Command Rate (CR) 2T
    Memory Frequency 333.3 MHz (1:1)
    Memory Type DDR2
    Memory Size 2048 MBytes
    Channels Dual, (Symmetric)

    Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Ultimate Edition (Build 7600)

    Number of processors 1
    Number of threads 2
    Number of threads 2 (max 2)
    L2 cache 6144 KBytes, 24-way set associative, 64-byte line size
    Instructions sets MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSSE3, SSE4.1, EM64T
    Package (platform ID) Socket 775 LGA (0x0)

    Temperature 0 n.a. [0x20] (TMPIN0)
    Temperature 1 n.a. [0x5E] (TMPIN1)
    Temperature 0 42°C (107°F) [0x2A] (CPU)
    Temperature 1 28°C (82°F) [0x1C] (System)
    Temperature 2 43°C (109°F) [0x2B] (PWM Phase 1)
    Temperature 3 43°C (109°F) [0x2B] (PWM Phase 2)
    Temperature 4 44°C (111°F) [0x2C] (PWM Phase 3)
    Temperature 5 43°C (109°F) [0x2B] (PWM Phase 4)
    Temperature 6 41°C (105°F) [0x29] (PWM Phase 5)
    Temperature 0 46°C (114°F) [0x36] (Core #0)
    Temperature 1 42°C (107°F) [0x3A] (Core #1)
     
  17. Chai

    Chai Administrator Staff Member

    You seemed to be only running at 2GHz. Check your BIOS settings if the multiplier is set to 9x.
     
  18. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    Adrian, at 4.43ghz with HT on the temps go too high, I am not using water cooling, so it looks like for now 4.334ghz is the best speed possible with HT on with air cooling.

    Even at 4.334ghz, I wouldn't want to run at 100% for long, even though it is stable. HT at high overclock speeds really adds on the heat, 10-20c+ depending on the application running.

    For longer cpu life, in my configuration, I wouldn't run HT on 100% at higher than 4.2ghz for long application runs (24/7).

    For this benchmark, where HT on/off adds performance to one pass, but takes it away in another, it would be nice to see if the overall elapsed time increases, decreases, or if it is essentially a wash.

    Do you think the benchmark could be modified to give an overall elapsed time for both passes and the entire benchmark run?


    iXBT labs had a series of articles benchmarking various elements for the i7, and Part 3 covered Turboboost and Hyperthreading.

    How CPU Features Affect CPU Performance, Part 3
    iXBT Labs - How CPU Features Affect CPU Performance, Part 3 - Page 1: Introduction, tests, part 1

    It may be that for a particular application mix, moving from 4.43ghz with HT off to 4.0ghz with HT on might give noticeably better performance.

    For me, running at the higher clock with HT off, gives a noticeable performance improvement. And, at the same clock rate, except for benchmarks, I don't notice an improvement with HT on.

    BTW, I can't find the other posting for 4.33ghz, I wanted to see what their temps were, and other settings. Can you post it in the thread?

    Thanks Adrian!, Scott
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
  19. hmscott

    hmscott Newbie

    The 4.43ghz run was done with HT OFF, and there is no Turboboost involved when overclocking at the max multiplier of 21x for the i7 920.

    In the Asus Rampage II BIOS (0904) there is no "Turbo-Tech" setting while in "Manual" OC mode. I run the multi at 21x, and vary the speed via the BCLK setting (from 133 stock to 216), and therefore I don't see Turboboost effects.

    In that run I was already at 21x @ BCLK 211.

    For lower speeds runs, I use i7Turbo.exe from Real Temp to "Turbo Mode Disable" from Windows to turn off Turboboost.
    techPowerUp! :: Download Real Temp 3.40

    When running with HT ON at 4.43ghz, the CPU would down clock during Pass 2, changing the multiplier from 21x to 20x, dropping speed to 4.220ghz due to overheating. I don't consider that a clean run :)

    This is the BIOS setting that protects the CPU by throttling speed:

    CPU TM Function - Enabled <= Overtemp Protection for CPU

    That is one setting you do not want to turn off!

    Unless you are going for a record, and have a box of spare CPU's on hand :)

    The C1E/Intel SpeedStep/C-State BIOS settings are Enabled.

    During a benchmark run you can disable their effects by changing the "Power Options" control panel "Advanced Power" => "Processor power management" => "Minimum processor state Setting" to 100% when benchmarking.

    I set it to 5% for power savings, when I am running normally.

    Some configurations have trouble with C1E/Intel SpeedStep/C-State settings Enabled when overclocked, and turning them off is one of the first things you do for stability when testing for MAX BCLK and MAX multiplier.

    The next step would be to move to water cooling to stop the CPU throttling at 4.43ghz with HT ON, but for now I am happy at 4.43ghz with HT OFF, and 4.33ghz with HT on.
     
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2010
  20. maalitehdas

    maalitehdas Newbie

    Some processor problem

    My BIOS settings are at 9x and 3000MHz, but my Everest diagnostic showed me this same lack as the x-test... My HTPC seems to be running with 6x and 1999,7MHz. How is this possible? Can anyone help find the lack in processor speed? Everest diagnostic doesn't report anything to be out of order here. The voltage readings for processor are:
    CPU VID 1,1125V
    CPU CORE 1,11V
    CPU VTT 1,11V

    I already tested with some light overclocking too, that didn't help. BIOS settings were at 9x and 3120MHz, Everest showed me 6x and 2040MHz, so it seems to lack exactly 1/3 of the clock. (6x vs 9x).
    :?: :nuts: :?:
     

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