SiSoftware Sandra 2014 released

SiSoftware just released the new version of their benchmark/info software: Sandra 14. Some new features were introduced in Sandra 2013 service packs, but in Sandra 2014 they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

By now, all the Windows versions are supported, starting from XP to Windows 8.1 and Server 2012/R2. The new enhancements in Sandra 14 are listed below.

Sandra 2014

* New CPU benchmark: Scientific Analysis

  • 3 common algorithms: GEMM (matrix multiply), FFT (fast Fourier transform), N-Body simulation
  • 2 precision: single/float, double/FP64
  • SSE2, SSE3, AVX, FMA support where possible
  • same workload as GP scientific analysis benchmark - to directly compare CPU vs. GPGPU performance.

* New GP benchmark: Scientific Analysis

  • 3 common algorithms: GEMM (matrix multiply), FFT (fast Fourier transform), N-Body simulation
  • 2 precision: single/float, double/FP64
  • 2 interfaces: CUDA, OpenCL (with DirectX ComputeShader to come)
  • not using any vendor specific library like cuBLAS, cuFFT, MKL, etc.
  • same workload as CPU scientific analysis benchmark - to directly compare CPU vs. GPGPU performance.

* Updated System benchmark: Overall Score

  • Replaced GP crypto with financial analysis (now that most CPUs have crypto HWA support there is no point doing crypto on GPGPU)
  • Updated weights to match modern devices (mobile, laptop, desktop and server)

* Updated CPU benchmark: Arithmetic

  • New libraries for Whetstone SSE3 / SSE4.1 / AVX
  • 2 precision: single/float, double/FP64
  • float score is geometric mean of both float and double (was just double before)

* Updated cache/memory benchmark: latency

  • measure L0 cache latency
  • data and code caches

* Updated cache/memory benchmark: bandwidth

  • measure L0 cache bandwidth

* Updated style for Windows 8.1 w/high-DPI (retina) resolution

 

Huge icons (256x256 PNG) that look good even at 200%. The previous theme (Aero/Metal) is included for Windows 7 / Vista. Windows XP is supported but deprecated - i.e. next Sandra version (2015) will definitely not support it.

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