G.Skill Ares F3-1866C10D-16GAB 2x8GB Review (Page 9 of 10)

Page 9 - Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5

About SuperPI

Super PI is a computer program that calculates pi to a specified number of digits after the decimal point - up to a maximum of 32 million. It uses Gauss-Legendre algorithm and is a Windows port of the program used by Yasumasa Kanada in 1995 to compute Pi to 2^32 digits.

Super Pi is used by many overclockers to test the performance and stability of their computers. In the overclocking community, the standard program provides a benchmark for enthusiasts to compare "world record" pi calculation times and demonstrate their overclocking abilities. The program can also be used to test the stability of a certain overclock speed. If a computer is able to calculate PI to the 32 millionth place after the decimal without mistake, it is considered to be moderately stable in terms of RAM and CPU. However, longer tests with other CPU/RAM intensive calculation programs will run for hours instead of minutes and may better stress system stability. While Super Pi is not the fastest program for calculating Pi, it remains very popular in the hardware and overclocking communities.

From: Wikipedia (January 22, 2011)

They are all within a couple hundredth of a second with each other -- but as we have seen on the previous page, our second generation Core processor liked faster memory over comparable units with lower latencies. The rest of the bunch came in extremely close, as shown in our results above.

About Cinebench R11.5

CINEBENCH is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer's performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

CINEBENCH is the perfect tool to compare CPU and graphics performance across various systems and platforms (Windows and Mac OS X).

From: Developer's Page

Similar characteristics can be noticed in our Cinebench results; higher bandwidth memory benefited to a very small extent, as shown in our graphs above. For the CPU test results, processor horsepower played a much more significant role in contributing to the score. This probably does not come at a surprise to you. On the other hand, things are slightly different in the OpenGL benchmark; where memory speed did not make much difference, as latencies also contributed to this score.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Packaging, Specifications
2. A Closer Look, Installation, Test System
3. Benchmark: AIDA64 CPU
4. Benchmark: AIDA64 FPU
5. Benchmark: AIDA64 Memory
6. Benchmark: PCMark 7
7. Benchmark: 3DMark 11
8. Benchmark: PassMark PerformanceTest 7.0
9. Benchmark: SuperPI 1M, Cinebench R11.5
10. Overclocking and Conclusion