While the final specifications sheet is still in the making, there are some updates.
You know, I run this podcast network three days a week. So that turns into a lot of audio editing and that means there’s plenty of opportunity for a fantastic i7-3770K to shine in its immense glory. Or something like that.
I did a test with my existing AMD Phenom II Q4 945 and the new 3770K. The test was basically an encoding of 30 minutes of ATN #45 preshow audio. The older processor took 2:31 seconds while the new processor took just 55 seconds. That’s nearly 60% less processing time. That performance increase not only is important for the output encoding, but also the actual editing. Of course, this is while the processor is also somewhat busy handling graphical duties because I don’t have the video card yet. A 60% performance increase of my previous computer is definitely good step up.
Stalls & Freezes
On Saturday evening, my friends and I were watching yet another Gangnam Style and some anime. While the videos were completely fluid, for some reason, on two occasions, the computer froze. The screens stopped updating though the fans kept running at the same speed it was likely a graphical issue. When I restarted, I changed the memory dedicated to on-chip graphics from 64mb to 1gb and there haven’t been anymore stalls.
In addition to Prime95, I have been running OCCT. Prime95 ran for twelve hours yesterday and OCCT ran two hours today — that’s not much but the processor never really gets that hot. Only though OCCT did I manage to get to 49C as the maximum. The processor otherwise idles between 27C and 32C, and when doing normal things, just a little higher than that. My 945 processor in my old idles around 35C and it’s at a low clock speed.
Furmarks is relatively pointless right now with a graphics card, but I did try it. It was managing 13 frames a second and just so you know, that’s pretty bad. But it’s good enough for internal graphics.
The next update will come sometime after Tuesday when the video card arrives along with the true solid state drive and not this stand-in donated by my dad. Overall, the computer is fast and incredibly capable and next week, it should be complete enough to actually post the actual specifications.