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Performance in programs

Cinebench R15

Cinebench R15 is based on Cinema 4D software. It’s very useful for measuring performance gain obtained by the presence of several processing cores while rendering heavy 3D images. Rendering is an area where a bigger number of cores helps a lot because usually, this kind of software recognizes several processors (Cinebench R15, for example, can use up to 256 processing cores).

We ran the CPU benchmark, which renders a complex image using all the processing cores (real and virtual) to speed up the process. The result is given as a score.

Core i5-8400

On Cinebench R15 CPU benchmark, the Core i5-8400 was 15% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X, and 71% faster than the Core i5-7400.

Blender

Blender is an image and movie rendering software that uses all the threads of the CPU. We used the program to render a heavy image of a project named Gooseberry Benchmark. The graph below shows the time the CPU used to finish the image, so the less, the better.

Core i5-8400

On Blender, the Core i5-8400 was 16% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X, and 64% faster than the Core i5-7400.

CPU-Z

On its current version, the well-known hardware identification software CPU-Z comes with a benchmarking tool, which measures CPU performance for one core and for all available cores.

Core i5-8400

On the single thread benchmark, the Core i5-8400 was 10% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X, and 16% faster than the Core i5-7400.

Core i5-8400

On the multiple thread benchmark, the Core i5-8400 was 16% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X, and 66% faster than the Core i5-7400.

Handbrake

Media Espresso is a video conversion program that uses the graphics processing unit of the video engine to speed up the conversion process. We converted a 1 GiB, 1920x1080i, 23,738 kbps, .mov video file to a smaller 320×200, H.264, .MP4 file for viewing on a smartphone.┬áThe results below are given in seconds, so the lower the better.

Core i5-8400

Here the Core i5-8400 was 23% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X, and 60% faster than the Core i5-7400.

WinRAR

Another task where the CPU is very demanded is on file compacting. We ran a test compacting a folder with 8 GiB on 6.813 files to a file, using WinRAR 4.2. The graph below shows the time taken for each test.

Core i5-8400

In WinRAR, the Core i5-8400 was 32% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X, and 20% faster than the Core i5-7400.

V-Ray Benchmark

V-Ray Benchmark is a tool for measuring image rendering performance using the processor and the graphics card. It renders two images, one using the processor (CPU) and one using the video engine (GPU). We ran the benchmark and compared the CPU time in the graphics below.

Core i5-8400

On V-Ray, the Core i5-8400 was 23% faster than the Ryzen 5 1500X, and 67% faster than the Core i5-7400.