CPU Guide

Intel's Sandy Bridge - the Next Gen

Intel's Sandy Bridge - the Next Gen


Test Setup

Test Setup

Due to Sandy Bridge's integrated graphics, we have two main systems for testing these new processors, an Intel P67 based system for our usual CPU benchmarks and an Intel H67 based system to evaluate the integrated graphics performance. They are listed as follows:

Intel P67 Test Configuration

  • ASUS P8P67 Deluxe (BIOS: 0602)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 OC (ForceWare 197.45)
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6G (Intel 6G)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Intel INF 9.2.0.1015

Intel H67 Test Configuration

  • Gigabyte H67A-UD3H
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Intel HD Graphics (256MB frame buffer)
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6G (Intel 6G)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Intel INF 9.2.0.1015, Intel Graphics Driver - 8.15.10.2266

For our comparison, we have a number of Intel processors, from the Core i7 to the Core i3 and on both X58 and P55 chipsets. There's even a H55 chipset for the integrated graphics segment, not to mention the AMD contingent.

Intel Core i7 Test Configuration (LGA1366)

  • Gigabyte X58A-UD3R (BIOS: FD)
  • 3 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 OC (ForceWare 197.45)
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6G (Marvell 6G)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Intel INF 9.2.0.1015

Intel Core i7/i5 Test Configuration (LGA1156)

  • MSI P55-GD85 (BIOS: 1.37)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20) 
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 OC (ForceWare 197.45)
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6G (Marvell 6G)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Intel INF 9.2.0.1015

Intel H55 Test Configuration

  • ASUS P7H55-M PRO
  • Intel Core i5-661
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (CAS 7-7-7-20)
  • Intel HD Graphics (256MB frame buffer)
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB, SATA 6G (Intel 3G)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)
  • Intel INF 9.2.0.1015, Intel Graphics Driver 15.21.2.64.2246

AMD Phenom II Test Configuration

  • ASUS Crosshair IV Formula (AMD 890FX + SB850, 0702 BIOS)
  • 2 x 1GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333 (7-7-7-20)
  • Zotac GeForce GTX 260 OC (ForceWare 197.45)
  • AMD Chipset driver
  • WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6G (AMD 6G)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)

 

Benchmarks

The following benchmarks were used to test the CPU and the integrated graphics:

CPU Benchmarks

  • BAPCo SYSmark 2007 Preview (ver 1.05)
  • Futuremark PCMark Vantage (ver 1.03.1, 64-bit)
  • Lightwave 3D 9.0 (64-bit)
  • 3ds Max 8 (SP2)
  • Cinebench 11.5 (64-bit)
  • Handbrake 0.9.4
  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage (ver 1.03.1)
  • Far Cry 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2

Integrated Graphics Benchmarks

  • Far Cry 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2
  • 3DMark Vantage
  • PCMark Vantage
  • ArcSoft Media Converter 7
  • Blu-ray Playback Testing (Black Snake Moan, Superman Returns) using PowerDVD 10 (ver 2308)