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Old 30th July 2008, 17:35   #1
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Default PCMark05 Favors Intel CPUs ?

I've heard rumors for years that performance in PCMark 2005 could change depending on what CPUID was handed to the benchmark, but this is the first opportunity I've ever had to test that theory. The term CPUID refers to a processor-specific character string that stores information on the chip's manufacturer, available features, make, and model. Different manufacturers use different CPUIDs, including GenuineIntel, AuthenticAMD, CentaurHauls, and the now-obsolete CyrixInstead. Intel and AMD both lock their CPUIDs to prevent them being changed by a third party, but VIA doesn't—and that gives us an opportunity to explore a question that normally can't be explored.


My my. Swap CentaurHauls for AuthenticAMD, and Nano's performance magically jumps about 10 percent. Swap for GenuineIntel, and memory performance goes up no less than 47.4 percent. This is not a test error or random occurance; I benchmarked each CPUID multiple times across multiple reboots on completely clean Windows XP installations. The gains themselves are not confined to a small group of tests within the memory subsystem evaluation, but stretch across the entire series of read/write tests.

http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardw...o-review.ars/6
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Old 30th July 2008, 18:36   #2
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Interesting ... I really hope that other people pick up on this and re-run the tests as well :-).
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Old 1st August 2008, 16:19   #4
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Slashdot posted this too here: http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.../08/01/1152237

with some interesting comments:

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I'll give 10:1 odds that Futuremark simply compiled their benchmark with Intel's C++ compiler.

I wrote a detailed explanation [slashdot.org] back in 2005 about how the Intel C++ compiler generates separate code paths for memory operations to make AMD processors appear significantly slower, and how you can trick the compiled code into believing your AMD processor is an Intel one to see incredibly increased performance.
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?s...320202&tid=142
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No matter what the cause, it means any benchmark that's not on an Intel system is flawed and any cross-platform comparisons are flawed.
Pretty pointless using the software unless all you want to do is to note incremental changes in a specific system after any upgrades?
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