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SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released – SiSoftware

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SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released: Brand-new benchmarks, OpenGL CS, RTM Windows 10 and future Server 2016* support

Superseded By: Sandra Platinum (2017)

Updates: RTMa, SP1, SP1a, SP2, SP3, SP4.

Articles: .Net Vector Performance, AVX512 Future Performance.

London, UK, November 16th 2015 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2016, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

We have expanded our portfolio with brand-new CPU and GPGPU Image Processing benchmarks (testing common filters) that support all modern instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2) as well as GPGPU interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX 10/11 ComputeShader). Since Compute is now supported in the very latest versions of OpenGL (4.3+) we have also ported the GPGPU benchmarks to this new interface.

With the public release of Windows 10 RTM we have transitioned to the brand-new tools in order to use the very latest technologies, including future DirectX 12 (both shader and compute).

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2015 service packs: in Sandra 2015 they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra 2016:

Broad Operating System SupportAll current OS versions supported: Windows 10 RTM/AU, 8.1, 8, 7; Server 2016*, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2

  • New Benchmark Module: GPGPU Image Processing (common filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil painting, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise) supporting all modern interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader)
  • New Benchmark Module: CPU Image Processing (common filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil painting, diffuse, marbling) supporting all modern vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
  • New OpenGL Compute Support: Ported GPGPU benchmarks to OpenGL (4.3+) Compute Shader (Fractals, Crypto, Image Processing)
  • New GPU Precision: FP16/half-float precision benchmarks (Financial, Scientific)
  • New CPU Test: 64-bit Integer Dhrystone measuring 64-bit integer workload performance.
  • New .Net vector Support: Native vector to SIMD (AVX512*, FMA/AVX, SSE2, etc.) conversion in the latest 4.6 CLR (RyuJIT).
  • New Transcode Test: HEVC/H.265 media transcode test, brand-new high-bitrate master AVC1 media file 1080p and UHD/4K (commercial versions) for UHD/4K, 3K, 1440p transcoding benchmarking.
  • Updated Benchmark: Updated Overall Score (2016) by adding new benchmarks to the index.
  • New Operating System Support: Full support for Windows 10 RTM, 8.1, 8, 7 as well as Server 2016*, 2012/R2, 2008/R2.
  • New Hardware Support: Modern and future hardware support.

CPU, GPGPU Image ProcessingCommon filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil filter, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise

Image/photo manipulation is an increasing common task with GPGPUs increasingly used to accelerate filter processing in popular programs (e.g. Photoshop). This brand-new benchmark set tests the performance of various filters:

  • Blur: 3×3 Convolution Filter
  • Sharpen: 5×5 Convolution Filter
  • Motion Blur: 7×7 Convolution Filter
  • Edge Detection: Horizontal + Vertical 5×5 Sobel Filter
  • De-Noise: 5×5 Median Filter
  • Oil Painting: Quantise (9×9) Filter [SP1]
  • Diffusion: Randomise / XorShift (256) Filter [SP1]
  • Marbling: Simplex Noise 2D Perlin (3O) Filter [SP1a]

CPU, GPGPU Image ProcessingModern vectorised and GPU interfaces

Image/photo manipulation is greatly accelerated through vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2) operating on multiple pixels at the same time, but also increasingly accelerated by GPGPUs in modern programs (e.g. Photoshop). This brand-new benchmark set supports all GPGPU interfaces as well as SIMD instruction sets:

  • GPGPU: CUDA (7.5), OpenCL (2.0, 1.2), DirectX Compute Shader (11/10), OpenGL Compute Shader (4.3+) [future DirectX 12 support]
  • CPU: AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2 instruction sets

Updated Overall Score 2016 benchmark for complete system performance evaluation16 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Multi-Media (SIMD), Financial and Scientific: measures native processing performance using the very latest instruction sets (AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic: measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/Modern applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Financial, Scientific: measures (GP)GPU/APU processing performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Memory Bandwidth and Latency: measures (GP)GPU/APU memory performance

Key features of Sandra 2016

  • 4 native architectures support (x86, x64 – Windows; ARM, ARM64, x86, x64 – Android)
  • Huge official hardware support through technology partners (AMD/ATI, nVidia, Intel).
  • 4 native (GP)GPU/APU platforms support (OpenCL 1.1+, CUDA 7.5+, DirectX Compute Shader 11+, OpenGL Compute 4.3+).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 3.0+).
  • 9 language versions (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Russian) in a single installer.
  • Enhanced Sandra Lite (Eval) version (free for personal/educational use, evaluation for other uses)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

For more details, and to purchase the commercial versions, please click here.

Updating or Upgrading

To update your existing commercial version, please click here.

Downloading

For more details, and to download the Lite (Evaluation) version, please click here.

Reviewers and Editors

For your free review copies, please contact us.

About SiSoftware

SiSoftware, founded in 1995, is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. The flagship product, known as “SANDRA”, was launched in 1997 and has become one of the most widely used products in its field. Nearly 700 worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Over 9,000 on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are catalogued on our website alone.

Since launch, SiSoftware has always been at the forefront of the technology arena, being among the first providers of benchmarks that show the power of emerging new technologies such as multi-core, GPGPU, OpenCL, OpenGL, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, MIPS, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX512, AVX2, AVX, FMA, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

SiSoftware is located in London, UK. For more information, please visit http://www.sisoftware.net, http://www.sisoftware.eu, http://www.sisoftware.info or http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

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SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017) Released! – SiSoftware

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017) Released: Brand-new benchmarks, hardware support

Updates:

Articles & Benchmarks:

London, UK, March 24th 2017 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra Platnium (2017), the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

Sandra Platinum has a brand-new fresh look that is not out-of-place on all operating systems from the classic Windows 7 (Aero) to future Windows 10 (Acrylic).

We have added hardware support and optimisations for brand-new CPU architectures (AMD Ryzen/Threadripper, future AVX512, etc.) not forgetting GPGPU architectures across the various interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader, OpenGL Compute).

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2016 service packs: in Sandra Platinum they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra Platinum:

Brand-new look and icons for all versions of Windows from 7 (Aero) to future 10 (Acrylic)

  • Updated benchmark icons: high resolution 256×256 icons suitable for high-dpi screens (4k/UHD).

Main

Benchmarks

Wizards

Information

Broad Operating System SupportAll current versions supported: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7; Server 2016, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2

  • Updated Benchmark Module: GPGPU Image Processing (oil painting, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise) supporting all modern interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader)
  • New Benchmark Module: CPU Image Processing (oil painting, diffuse, marbling) supporting all modern vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA3, AVX, SSE4, SSSE3, SSE2)
  • New OpenGL Compute Support: Ported GPGPU benchmarks to OpenGL (4.3+) Compute Shader (Fractals, Crypto, Image Processing)
  • New GPU Precision: FP16/half-float precision benchmarks (Image Processing)
  • Maintained Benchmark: Updated Overall Score (2016/2017) by adding new benchmarks to the index.
  • New Hardware Support: New AMD Ryzen, Threadripper architecture support; future AVX512-supporting hardware support (SKL-X, KBL-X, Cofeelake, etc.).

Overall Score 2016/Platinum benchmark:16 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Multi-Media (SIMD), Financial and Scientific: measures native processing performance using the very latest instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA3, AVX, SSE4, SSE2)
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic: measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/Modern applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Financial, Scientific: measures (GP)GPU/APU processing performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Memory Bandwidth and Latency: measures (GP)GPU/APU memory performance

Key features of Sandra Platinum

  • 4 native architectures support (x86, x64 – Windows; ARM, ARM64, x86, x64 – Android)
  • Huge official hardware support through technology partners (AMD/ATI, nVidia, Intel).
  • 4 native (GP)GPU/APU platforms support (OpenCL 1.2+, CUDA 8.0+, DirectX Compute Shader 10+, OpenGL Compute 4.3+).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 3.0+).
  • 9 language versions (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Russian) in a single installer.
  • Enhanced Sandra Lite (Eval) version (free for personal/educational use, evaluation for other uses)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

For more details, and to purchase the commercial versions, please click here.

Updating or Upgrading

To update your existing commercial version, please click here.

Downloading

For more details, and to download the Lite (Evaluation) version, please click here.

Reviewers and Editors

For your free review copies, please contact us.

About SiSoftware

SiSoftware, founded in 1995, is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. The flagship product, known as “SANDRA”, was launched in 1997 and has become one of the most widely used products in its field. Many worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Thousands on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are catalogued on our website alone.

Since launch, SiSoftware has always been at the forefront of the technology arena, being among the first providers of benchmarks that show the power of emerging new technologies such as multi-core, GPGPU, OpenCL, OpenGL, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX512, AVX2, AVX, FMA3, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4, SSSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

SiSoftware is located in London, UK. For more information, please visit http://www.sisoftware.net, http://www.sisoftware.eu, http://www.sisoftware.info or http://www.sisoftware.co.uk

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April 2017 – SiSoftware

Why test GPGPU performance Intel Core Graphics?

Laptops (and tablets) are still in fashion with desktops largely left to PC game enthusiasts and workstations for big compute workloads; most laptops (and all tablets) make due with integrated graphics with few dedicated graphics options mainly for mobile PC gamers.

As a result integrated graphics on Intel’s mobile platform is what the vast majority of users will experience – thus its importance is not to be underestimated. While in the past integrated graphics options were dire – the introduction of Core v3 (Ivy Bridge) series brought us a GPGPU-capable graphics processor as well an updated internal media transcoder of Core v2 (Sandy Bridge).

With each generation Intel has progressively improved the graphics core, perhaps far more than its CPU cores – and added more variants (GT3) and embedded cache (eDRAM) which greatly increased performance – all within the same power limit.

New Features enabled by the latest 21.45 graphics driver

With Intel graphics drivers supporting just 2 generations of graphics – unlike unified drivers of AMD and nVidia – old graphics quickly become obsolete with few updates; but Windows 10 “free update” forced Intel’s hand somewhat – with its driver (20.40) supporting 3 generations of graphics (Haswell, Broadwell and latest at the time Skylake).

However, the latest 21.45 driver for newly released Kabylake and older Skylake does bring new features that can make a big difference in performance:

  • Native FP64 (64-bit aka “double” floating-point support) in OpenCL – thus allowing high precision compute on integrated graphics.
  • Native FP16 (16-bit aka “half” floating-point support) in OpenCL, ComputeShader – thus allowing lower precision but faster compute.
  • Vulkan graphics interface support – OpenGL’s successor and DirectX 12’s competitor – for faster graphics and compute.

Will these new features make upgrading your laptop to a brand-new KBL laptop more compelling?

In this article we test (GP)GPU graphics unit performance; please see our other articles on:

Hardware Specifications

We are comparing the internal GPUs of the new Intel ULV APUs with the old versions.

Graphics Unit Haswell HD4000 Haswell HD5000 Broadwell HD6100 Skylake HD520 Skylake HD540 Kabylake HD620 Comment
Graphics Core EV7.5 HSW GT2U EV7.5 HSW GT3U EV8 BRW GT3U EV9 SKL GT2U EV9 SKL GT3eU EV9.5 KBL GT2U Despite 4 CPU generations we really have 2 GPU generations.
APU / Processor Core i5-4210U Core i7-4650U Core i7-5557U Core i7-6500U Core i5-6260U Core i3-7100U The naming convention has changed between generations.
Cores (CU) / Shaders (SP) / Type 20C / 160SP 40C / 320SP 48C / 384SP 24C / 192SP 48C / 384SP 23C / 184SP BRW increased CUs to 24/48 and i3 misses 1 core.
Speed (Min / Max / Turbo) MHz 200-1000 200-1100 300-1100 300-1000 300-950 300-1000 The turbo clocks have hardly changed between generations.
Power (TDP) W 15 15 28 15 15 15 Except GT3 BRW, all ULVs are 15W rated.
DirectX CS Support 11.1 11.1 11.1 11.2 / 12.1 11.2 / 12.1 11.2 / 12.1 SKL/KBL enjoy v11.2 and 12.1 support.
OpenGL CS Support 4.3 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.4 4.4 SKL/KBL provide v4.4 vs. verision 4.3 for older devices.
OpenCL CS Support 1.2 1.2 1.2 2.0 2.0 2.1 SKL provides v2 support with KBL 2.1 vs 1.2 for older devices.
FP16 / FP64 Support No / No No / No No / No Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes SKL/KBL support both FP64 and FP16.
Byte / Integer Width 8 / 32-bit 8 / 32-bit 8 / 32-bit 128 / 128-bit 128 / 128-bit 128 / 128-bit SKL/KBL prefer vectorised integer workloads, 128-bit wide.
Float/ Double Width 32 / X-bit 32 / X-bit 32 / X-bit 32 / 64-bit 32 / 64-bit 32 / 64-bit Strangely neither arch prefers vectorised floating-point loads – driver bug?
Threads per CU 512 512 256 256 256 256 Strangely BRW and later reduced the threads/CU to 256.

GPGPU Performance

We are testing vectorised, crypto (including hash), financial and scientific GPGPU performance of the GPUs in OpenCL, DirectX/OpenGL ComputeShader .

Results Interpretation: Higher values (MPix/s, MB/s, etc.) mean better performance.

Environment: Windows 10 x64, latest Intel drivers (April 2017). Turbo / Dynamic Overclocking was enabled on all configurations.

If you have a HSW GT2 then an upgrade to SKL GT2 brings massive improvements as well as FP16 and FP64 native support. But HSW GT3 variant is competitive and BRW GT3 even more so. KBL GT2 shows no improvement over SKL GT2 – so it’s not just the CPU core that is unchanged but the graphics core also – it’s no EV9.5 here more like EV9.1!

For integer workloads BRW is where the big improvement came but for 64-integer that improvement is still to come, if ever. At least all drivers support native int64.

Transcoding Performance

We are testing media (video + audio) transcoding performance for common video algorithms: H.264/MP4, AVC1, M.265/HEVC.

Results Interpretation: Higher values (MPix/s, MB/s, etc.) mean better performance. Lower values (ns, clocks) mean better performance.

Environment: Windows 10 x64, latest Intel drivers (April 2017). Turbo / Dynamic Overclocking was enabled on all configurations.

Graphics Processors HD4000 (EV7.5 HSW-GT2U) HD5000 (EV7.5 HSW-GT3U) HD6100 (EV8 BRW-GT3U) HD520 (EV9 SKL-GT2U) HD540 (EV9 SKL-GT3eU) HD620 (EV9.5 KBL-GT2U) Comments
H.264/AVC Decoder/Encoder QuickSync h364 8-bit only QuickSync h364 8-bit only QuickSync h364 8/10-bit QuickSync h364 8/10-bit QuickSync h364 8/10-bit QuickSync h364 8/10-bit HSW supports 8-bit only so 10-bit (high-colour) are out of luck.
H.265/HEVC Decoder/Encoder QuickSync h365 8-bit partial QuickSync h365 8-bit QuickSync h365 8-bit QuickSync h365 8/10-bit SKL has full/hardware h365/HEVC transcoding but for 8-bit only; Main10 (10-bit profile) requires KBL so finally we see a difference.
VC 1 > h364/AVC Transcoding (MB/s)  7.55 8.4  7.42 [-2%]  8.25  8.08 [+6%] With DDR4 KBL is 6% faster.
VC 1 > h365/HEVC Transcoding (MB/s)  0.734  3.14 [+4.2x]  3.67  3.63 [+5x] Hardware support makes SKL/KBL 4-5x faster.

If you want HEVC/H.265 then you want SKL including 4k/UHD. But if you plan on using 10-bit/HDR colour then you need KBL – finally an improvement over SKL. As it uses fixed-point hardware the GT3 performs only slightly faster.

Memory Performance

We are testing memory performance of GPUs using OpenCL, DirectX/OpenGL ComputeShader,  including transfer (up/down) to/from system memory and latency.

Results Interpretation: Higher values (MPix/s, MB/s, etc.) mean better performance. Lower values (ns, clocks) mean better performance.

Environment: Windows 10 x64, latest Intel drivers (Apr 2017). Turbo / Dynamic Overclocking was enabled on all configurations.

Again no delta between KBL and SKL; if you want bandwidth (who doesn’t?) DDR4 with modest 2133MHz memory doubles bandwidths – but latencies increase. Constant memory is now the same as global memory and does not seem any faster.

Shader Performance

We are testing shader performance of the GPUs in DirectX and OpenGL as well as memory bandwidth performance.

Results Interpretation: Higher values (MPix/s, MB/s, etc.) mean better performance.

Environment: Windows 10 x64, latest Intel drivers (Apr 2017). Turbo / Dynamic Overclocking was enabled on all configurations.

Final Thoughts / Conclusions

SKL and KBL with the 21.45 driver yields significant gains in OpenCL making an upgrade from HSW and even BRW quite compelling despite the relatively modern 20.40 driver Intel was forced to provide for Windows 10. The GT3 version provides good gains over the standard GT2 version and should always be selected if available.

Native FP64 support is a huge addition which provides support for high-precision kernels – unheard of for integrated graphics. Native FP16 support provides an additional 2x performance in cases where 16-bit floating-point processing is sufficient.

However KBL’s EV9.5 graphics core shows no improvement at all over SKL’s EV9 core – thus it’s not just the CPU core that has not been changed but the GPU core too! Except for the updated transcoder supporting Main10 HEVC/H.265 (thus HDR / 10-bit+ colour) which is still quite useful for UHD/4K HDR media.

This is very much a surprise – as while the CPU core has not improved markedly since SNB (Core v2), the GPU core has always provided significant improvements – and now we have hit the same road-block. As dedicated GPUs have continued to improve significantly in performance and power efficiency this is quite a surprise. This marks the smallest ever generation to generation – SKL to KBL – ever, effectively KBL is a SKL refresh.

It seems the rumour that Intel may change to ATI/AMD graphics cores may not be such a crazy idea after all!

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Download & Buy – SiSoftware

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