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My computer systems and some benchmark results

1. Information about some old PCs and some benchmark results for them
2. Isabell i5
3. Rebecca i7
4. Amanda
5. Lisa Fedora
6. Other digital equipment
7. Some multi core π benchmarks with y-cruncher 0.6.1 and 0.5.5
8. Some CPU and graphics benchmark results for Windows, Linux and some other OS
9. Some useful web pages


1. Information about some old PCs and some benchmark results for them

January 17 2012. I have made a somewhat difficult decision. I realize that I can't take care of all
remarkable old computers that I come across. So from now on I will specialize on old (and new) PCs.
More information and some images of the boxes mentioned below will come soon.

Regarding old PCs I have a wonderful HP Vectra 286/12, Victor V386MX 20 MHz, Victor V486MX DX2
50 MHz, noname Intel 486 DX4 100 MHz and a nice Intel Pentium machine running at 200 MHz. Even the
slowest of these computers are fully capable of running my graphical "ssdosmix" DOS programs found
here, although not so fast of course.

Some old PC Mandelbrot Mflops CPU benchmark results

Here is presented some CPU benchmark results with my old Mandelbrot DOS program (Mflops) for these
old computers. It should be noted that that the program performs about 75 % better compiled with DJGPP
32-bit than with TC 2.0 16-bit in this test on the same machine (see the 486 DX4 at 100 MHz). The 286
computer can only run 16-bit code and a system file was missing when I tried to run the DJGPP version
on the 386 machine. The benchmark results are also compared with modern Intel Core 2 Quad and Intel i7
Quad CPUs and computers. Note, Mandelbrot calculations contains +, - and *, but no /. Divisions usually
take more than one clock cycle on most CPUs. The Mflops results for Pentium CPUs (and higher) are
rounded downwards to nearest integer Mflops.

The Mandelbrot program can be downloaded here and used as a benchmark test. It presents the used CPU-
time and number of Mflops. It needs some modifications for older computers and must be recompiled for
16-bit Intel CPUs. Intel 386 and higher CPUs should work fine. Note, 32-bit Windows operating system
is required for this program to run. It doesn't work on 64-bit OS but can be recompiled for that. The source
code for the Mandelbrot program can of course also be compiled on any Linux and Unix computer. It is
written in standard C and can be compiled on most platforms. I think I should try the program with the
Intel compiler for Linux. It probably gives better results for modern Intel CPUs than DJGPP.

Here are the Mandelbrot Mflops benchmark results (Intel 286/287 to i7):

CPU     MHz       Mflops Scaled Mflops
at 1000 MHz
Compiler
Intel 286 with Intel 287 12 0.036 3.00 TC 2.0 16-bit optimized
Intel 386SX with Cyrix 387SX 20 0.127 6.35 TC 2.0 16-bit optimized
Intel 486 DX2 50 3.200 64.00 DJGPP 4.1.0 gcc -O3 32-bit
Intel 486 DX4 100 3.900 39.00 TC 2.0 16-bit optimized
Intel 486 DX4 100 6.800 68.00 DJGPP 4.1.0 gcc -O3 32-bit
Intel Pentium (586) 200 49.000 245.00 DJGPP 4.1.0 gcc -O3 32-bit
Intel Pentium Pro (686) 200 89.000 445.00 DJGPP 4.1.0 gcc -O3 32-bit
Intel Pentium II (686) 333 148.000 444.44 DJGPP 4.1.0 gcc -O3 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (on one core) 2400 1555.000 647.92 DJGPP 4.1.0 gcc -O3 32-bit
Intel i7 2670QM Quad (on one core) [1] 3100 2324.000 749.67 DJGPP 4.1.0 gcc -O3 32-bit

[1] The Intel i7 2670QM CPU was added February 25 2015. It has a main clock frequency of 2200 MHz and goes up to a turbo frequency
of 3100 MHz when the benchmark test is run. It was checked with the Intel Turbo Boost Technology Monitor tool for Intel i5 and i7 CPUs.


2. Isabell i5

April 4 2013. New Isabell. Finally I came across this wonderful little Intel i5 mini tower computer to a very
reasonable price! :-) It is really very fast and has quite a lot of memory. Some π y-cruncher, SSBENCH
and graphics benchmarks for it and some other computers are presented in sections 8 and 9.

April 9 2013. I have now upgraded Windows 8 Release Preview to genuin Windows 8 Pro on Isabell.

May 2013. I have now bought Tomb Raider 2013 and it is an awesome game with stunning graphics.
Actually one of the best, most exciting and funniest games I ever have played! :-) Lara Croft in this game
is also a very amazing and sometimes very human character. I have now also connected the sound from
the computer to a very good stereo setup.

June 2013. I have now also bought Crysis 3 which is a really awesome and exciting game with the best graphics
found among computer games today! :-) I am not a great gamer and sometimes behold the beautiful and
fascinating surroundings in the games as "art". Perhaps not the way the games are supposed to be played,
and it takes long time to go through, but I really enjoy it! :-)

December 2013. Isabell has now been upgraded to Windows 8.1, which is very nice and fast.

October 8 2014. By a small "mistake" I have to reinstall Windows on Isabell. So I actually took the oportunity
to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on it. It seems really extremely good! :-) I have also started to take my first
steps with X-Plane 10 flight simulator and the Amsterdam (EHAM) airport. It seems awesome and is downloaded
and bought via Steam! :-) Sometimes I also run Phoenix 5.0 R/C aeroplane and helicopter simulator. It is amazing,
funny and very realistic! :-) An ordinary 4-channel (or more) radio control unit is connected to the computer via a
special USB adapter. The Intel HD 2000 Graphics works well with Phoenix R/C simulator and I am investigating
more powerful alternatives for other games. However, except for the flight simulators and sometimes some car
racing games I do not play computer games so much.

March 20 2015. I have now installed Windows 10 Technical Preview Swedish 64-bit on Isabell. It is really
a very good and fast OS! I have now also installed X-Plane 10 on Rebecca i7 below that has a quite powerful
graphics card.

New! August 8 2015. I have now upgraded Isabell to genuine Windows 10 Pro. It is amazing! :-) By far the best
Microsoft OS to date! The upgrade is free if you have a late and activated version of Windows 10 Technical Preview.

[1] The power consumption was measured with a Rubicson electric energy meter that also measures inductive load correctly.
[2] According to the manufacturer Intel.
[3] According to the manufacturer Samsung.


3. Rebecca i7

December 2013. Rebecca is a very nice and fast ASUS X53CS Intel i7 Ultrabook (with defektive and removed
display) wich I came across very cheap. It has a very powerful graphics card and I run it as a desktop computer for
games etc. More information and some benchmarks to come. But I can already mention that it runs for example
Tomb Raider 2013 i and MS Flight 2012 very fast and smooth with full HD resolution. The power contact on the
motherboard of the computer was also broken, so I actually have to solder in a cable from the charger directly
in to the motherboard. It was quite a tricky business so I was really very glad when it worked! :-) This was also
a reason for the very low price of the computer. I bought it partly defective from a friend.

March 20 2015. I have now installed Windows 10 Technical Preview Swedish 64-bit on Rebecca. It is really
a very good and fast OS!

March 20 2015. I have now installed X-Plane 10 with European Scenery on Rebecca. It is really a very good,
advanced and realistic flight simulator! :-) It is bought and downloaded via Steam. I run it with my Logitech Extreme
3D Pro joystick. It works very well. X-Plane 10 is quite demanding but runs fine on this computer.

New! August 8 2015. I have now upgraded Rebecca to genuine Windows 10 Pro. It is amazing! :-) By far the best
Microsoft OS to date! The upgrade is free if you have a late and activated version of Windows 10 Technical Preview.

[1] The power consumption was measured with a Rubicson electric energy meter that also measures inductive load correctly.
[2] According to the manufacturer Intel.
[3] According to the manufacturer Samsung.


4. Amanda

Januari 2014. Amanda is a very nice and portable ASUS UL30A Ultrabook with good battery time. The size of
it is really very handy and it is thin, pretty and very light weight. I got it cheap because it was in used condition
and the display was broken. But I had a replacement. I use it as a good travel and music computer and for some
electronic steering applications.

October 17 2014. Amanda is a nice and very power efficient computer, but not so fast. So I have now put
a small SSD hard drive (32 GB) and 4 GB memory in it. I also installed Windows 10 Technical Preview. These
things actually cheer it up a bit! :-)

March 20 2015. I have now installed Windows 10 Technical Preview Swedish 64-bit on Amanda. It is really
a very good and fast OS!

New! August 8 2015. I have now upgraded Amanda to genuine Windows 10 Pro. It is amazing! :-) By far the best
Microsoft OS to date! The upgrade is free if you have a late and activated version of Windows 10 Technical Preview.

An image from Internet of such a wonderful little computer is found here.

[1] The power consumption was measured with a Rubicson electric energy meter that also measures inductive load correctly.
[2] According to the manufacturer Intel.


5. Lisa Fedora

January 2013. Unfortunately the motherboard on old Melissa was broken so I set up another nice
computer called Lisa with Fedora 20 Linux. The computer is used for administration of my web
pages etc and sometimes C-programming and some LaTeX document writing. I use the vi (or vim)
text editor and the gFTP file transfer program, which are very good, and of course good old gnu gcc
C-compiler and sometimes Allegro game C/C++ library for graphics under Linux (and Windows).
When I compile graphical C-programs with Allegro for Windows I actually use good old Microsoft
Visual C/C++ 6.0 on an old Windows XP machine. It works well and the resulting programs runs
fine also under Windows 7 and 8 (both 32 and 64 bit). However newer compilers of course produce
faster code.


6. Other digital equipment


7. Some multi core π benchmarks with y-cruncher 0.6.1 and 0.5.5

Some multi core 64-bit benchmarks with y-cruncher 0.6.1. This wonderful program calculates many mathematical
constants (i.e. π and many others) to millions or billions of decimal places. Many thanks to the author!

The CPU times refere to the "Total time" including base conversation etc but not writing data to the hard drive.
The calculations are also made "All in ram", i.e. no hard drive swapping.

Computer OS CPU Co-
res
  MHz  L2
 (kB)
 Mem
 (MB)
y-cruncher
version
C Dec /
106
Multi core
util (%)
CPU time
total (s)
Isabell Win 8 RP 64 Intel i5 2320 4 3000 6144 8192 SSE3 π 1000 97.8858 477.175
Miranda Win 7 HP 64 C2Q Q6600 4 2400 8192 8192 SSE3 π 1000 95.7241 831.600
Isabell Win 8 RP 64 Intel i5 2320 4 3000 6144 8192 SSE3 π 500 97.2543 212.053

Some multi core 64-bit benchmarks with y-cruncher 0.5.5. This wonderful program calculates many mathematical
constants (i.e. π and many others) to millions or billions of decimal places. Many thanks to the author!

The CPU times refere to the "Total time" including base conversation etc but not writing data to the hard drive.
The calculations are also made "All in ram", i.e. no hard drive swapping.

Computer OS CPU Co-
res
  MHz  L2
 (kB)
 Mem
 (MB)
y-cruncher
version
C Dec /
106
Multi core
util (%)
CPU time
total (s)
Isabell Win 8 RP 64 Intel i5 2320 4 3000 6144 8192 SSE4.1-Oshio π 500 97.3627 260.246
Isabell Win 8 RP 64 Intel i5 2320 4 3000 6144 8192 SSE3 π 500 97.5758 260.318
Melissa Win 8 RP 64 C2Q Q9300 4 2500 6144 4096 SSE4.1-Oshio π 500 96.5195 422.322
Melissa Win 8 RP 64 C2Q Q9300 4 2500 6144 4096 SSE4.1-Nagasa π 500 95.0173 426.958
Melissa Win 8 RP 64 C2Q Q9300 4 2500 6144 4096 SSE3-Kasumi π 500 95.9639 430.686
Miranda Win 7 HP 64 C2Q Q6600 4 2400 8192 4096 SSE3-Kasumi π 500 96.8863 432.582
Miranda Win 7 HP 64 C2Q Q6600 4 2400 8192 4096 SSE3 π 500 96.5895 439.941
Melissa Win 8 RP 64 C2Q Q9300 4 2500 6144 4096 SSE3 π 500 92.9312 443.372

Note 1. C2D and C2Q are Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors respectively.
Note 2. The Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor could not run SSE4.1 instructions.
Note 3. The Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor has larger L2 cache memory than the Q9300 which makes the speed difference between them quite small in this test.
Note 4. These computers have DDR2 6400/800 memory. Perhaps the Core 2 Quad Q9300 processor could benefit from faster DDR2 8500/1066 memory?


8. Some CPU and graphics benchmark results for Windows, Linux and some other OS

Here are presented some CPU (32-bit) and graphics benchmark results for Windows
and Linux and some other OS for my PCs and some other computers.

SSBENCH (SIint and SIfp) is found here and 3D-Mark 2001 and 2003 can
be downloaded for free from Futuremark Corporation. Results marked "-"
are not possible to run. For SSBENCH under Windows the compiler DJGPP
(gcc) was used. There is very little difference in performance between gcc
4.1.0 and 4.3.2 under the same OS. For the 3D-Marks default settings were
used (i.e. 1024 x 768 resolution). Unfortunately do these benchmarks not
work under Linux.

Note. The SSBENCH benchmark is run on a single CPU core also on multi core machines.

Computer OS GCC CPU     MHz       SIint       SIfp Graphics card 3D-Mark
2001
3D-Mark
2003
Isabell Win 8 Pro 4.1.0 -O3 Intel i5 2320 (quad) 3000 191.39 353.78 ASUS GF 650 Ti ? 56726
Isabell Win 8 Pro 4.1.0 -O3 Intel i5 2320 (quad) 3000 191.39 353.78 ASUS GF 9600 GT ? 35039
Melissa Win 8 RP 4.1.0 -O3 Core 2 Quad Q9300 2500 150.68 234.60 Forsa GF 9600 GT 28247 31720
Melissa Ubuntu 4.1.0 -O3 Core 2 Quad Q9300 2500 154.51 206.56 Forsa GF 9600 GT - -
Isabell XP 4.1.0 -O3 Core 2 Quad Q6600 2400 120.00 174.38 ASUS GF 9600 GT 40829 32796
Isabell Fedora 4.5.1 -O3 Core 2 Quad Q6600 2400 86.49 234.05 ASUS GF 9600 GT - -
Miranda Vista 4.1.0 -O3   Core 2 Duo E4600     2400 113.71 206.36 GF 8600 GT 22256 12569
Miranda Vista 4.1.0 -O3 Core 2 Duo E4600 2400 113.71 206.36 Integrated 3534 ?
Miranda Fedora     4.3.2 -O3 Core 2 Duo E4600 2400 116.24 226.44 GF 8600 GT - -
Della 1 Vista 4.1.0 -O3 Core 2 Duo T7400 2130 103.68 193.01 Quadro FX 2500M 21278 16926
Della 2 Win 8 RP 4.1.0 -O3 Core 2 Duo T7200 2000 94.64 143.36 Intel 945 GM (3) - 1056
Isabell XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium E2160 Duo 1800 86.45 97.36 GF 7800 GTX 21486 12150
Isabell XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium 4 3400 81.26 98.04 GF 6800 GT 18523 11260
Isabell XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium 4 3000 72.14 85.28 GF 6800 GT 17376 11052
Isabell XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium 4 2800 75.06 56.06 Rad 9600 XT 9579 3802
Rebecca XP 4.1.0 -O3 Athlon 64 2800+ 1800 61.20 77.57 GF FX 5200 ? ?
Rebecca Fedora 4.3.2 -O3 Athlon 64 2800+ 1800 67.65 99.31 GF FX 5200 - -
Rebecca XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium III 1400 46.41 48.28 GF 4 Ti 4800 SE 7609 1477
Rebecca XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium III 1400 46.41 48.28 GF 6600 GT 8364 ?
Rebecca Fedora 4.3.2 -O3 Pentium III 1400 48.38 64.33 GF 6600 GT - -
Centrina XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium M 1860 72.33 113.16 Rad Mob X300 7609 ?
Centrina XP 4.1.0 -O3 Pentium M 1730 66.64 103.52 Rad Mob X300 7449 2055
Little Eee XP 4.1.0 -O3 Intel Celeron 900 36.33 39.68 Integrated - -
Sussie Mac OS X 4.0.1 -O3 PowerPC G5 1800 59.37 71.78 Integrated - -
Susan Mac OS X 4.0.1 -O3 PowerPC G4 1000 44.16 37.42 Integrated - -
SUN Netra X1 Debian 4.4.5 -O3 UltraSPARC-IIe 400 15.86 22.75 LAN connected - -

Note 1. Core 2 Duo/Quad and Pentium = Intel, Athlon = AMD and PowerPC = Motorola.
Note 2. GF = Nvidia GeForce, Quadro = Nvidia and Rad = ATI Radeon.
Note 3. Perhaps the graphics drivers for the Intel 945 GM chip is not optimized under Windows 8 RP?


9. Some useful web pages


Author: Stefan Spännare
E-mail: stefan.sp@outlook.com
Latest update: 2015-08-31