AIDA64 Engineer Benchmarks
AIDA64 is FinalWire’s full 64-bit benchmark and test suite utilizing MMX, 3DNow! and SSE instruction set extensions, and will scale up to 32 processor cores. An enhanced 64-bit System Stability Test module is also available to stress the whole system to its limits. For legacy processors all benchmarks and the System Stability Test are available in 32-bit versions as well.
All of the benchmarks used in this test- Queen, Photoworxx, ZLib, and hash- rely on basic x86 instructions, and consume very little system memory while also being aware of Hyper-Threading, multi-processors, and multi-core processors. Of all the tests in this review, AIDA64 is the one that best isolates the processor’s performance from the rest of the system. While this is useful in that it more directly compares processor performance, readers should remember that virtually no “real world” programs will mirror these results.
The Queen test loves multiple cores and clock speed, so we see a nice scaling as we crank up the gigaHertz wit the FX-8320E. Note that at its highest overclock, the 8320E actually outperforms the FX-9590, a situation we’ll see repeatedly in these benchmarks (I’ll go into the reasons why in the Overclocking section). The two-core Intel i3-4360 comes in last, but even so it’s very close to the performance of the stock-clocked 8-core 8320E.
The Photoworxx test lives and dies by memory bandwidth, and doesn’t seem to care about too much else. This is why the score drops for the OC Genie run, since that overclocking setting disables the memory’s XMP profile. Interestingly the Intel CPU really pulls ahead here.
With the ZLIB and Hash benchmarks we again see scaling with clock speed with the FX CPUs. The FX-9590 is the winner here, while the Intel CPU isn’t really even in the running, posting scores just over half those of the stock-clocked 8320E.
Let’s see how this CPU does in the (somewhat) more real-world environment of PCMark 8 in the next section.