Intel Core i7 980X 6 Core Gulftown CPU Review :: Multi-core Applications

03-10-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

Intel has a list of upcoming and current applications that are multi-core aware. In this part of the review, I will list some of the software that can take advantage of 6-core Gulftown. The list is neither comprehensive nor does it include everything; it is a representative sample of some of the more popular software.

Sony Vegas Pro is a Professional Video, Audio and Blu-ray disc creation program that is optimized for the 980X. The multi-threaded playback engine simultaneously processes multiple frames for high quality real-time previews. The multi-threaded render engine spreads frame processing, effects and encodes tasks across all 12 processor threads.

Maxon is a leading provider of 3D graphics software. Their Cinema 4D is a leading animation package and they have optimized their Cinebench, which is a benchmark designed to show performance in animation for the Core i7 980X. Their Cinebench benchmark is an excellent one to show OpenGL performance and is fully multi-core aware.

Iím a gamer, and as such care more about games than 3D animation software or video creation programs. Several games are going to be released with optimizations for multi-core. Napoleon Total War is a turn based RTS game that is upcoming shortly. This game will offload physics, AI and animation across all CPU cores due to its multi-threaded engine.

Ubisoft has released many games over the last few years. R.U.S.E is Ubisofts' upcoming WW2 RTS game. This game will have multi-threading support and allows greater animation detail and physical realism. With a Core i7-980X the horses and cows are animated and the lowest level of detail is removed. The physics workload is split into micro-tasks allowing the game to use 12 cores. Hereís a list of some of the media and productivity software that takes advantage of 4 or more processor threads:

  • Abbyy Fine Reader
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Arcsoft Total Media Showbiz DVD
  • Autodesk 3ds max
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Avid Pinnacle Studio
  • Bible Labs Bibble
  • Blender
  • Cakewalk Sonar Producer
  • Cineform Prospect HD
  • Corel DVD Factory in Digital Studio
  • Corel Video Studio
  • Cyberlink Medi@Show and Medi@Show Espresso
  • Cyberlink Power Director
  • Cyberlink Power Producer
  • HandBrake
  • Ichikawa Soft Laboratory SILKYPIX
  • Kotor Autopano Pro and Giga
  • Magix Video Deluxe/Movie Edit Pro
  • Main Concept Reference Encoder and Decoder
  • Maxon Cinema 4D and Cinebench
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Expressions Encoder
  • Microsoft Windows Live Movie Maker
  • Movavi Video Converter
  • Nero Multimedia Suite
  • Newtek Lightwave
  • Nik Software Silver Efex Pro
  • On2 Technology True Motion VP8
  • Pegasys TMPEGEnc Xpress
  • Persistence of Vision Raytrace
  • Photodex Proshow Gold
  • RARLAB WinRAR
  • Sonic Roxio Creator
  • Sonic Solutions Cineplayer
  • Sony ACID Music Studio
  • Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio
  • Sony Vegas Pro
  • Sony Acid Pro
  • Sorenson Media Squeeze
  • Steinberg Cubase
  • Steinberg Nuendo
  • VirtualDub w/Divx
  • XtraSens Retina
  • 3ivx MPEG-4

Hereís a list of some multi-threaded games that can take advantage of more than two threads:

  • Activision Ghostbusters
  • Capcom Lost Planet Colonies
  • Capcom Resident Evil 5
  • CJ Internet Prius Online
  • Codemasters GRID (with patch)
  • Codemasters Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
  • Crytek Crysis Warhead (Windows XP only)
  • EA Need for Speed Shift
  • Havok SDK v5.5 (Tool/Middleware)
  • Illuminate Labs Beast 5 (Tool/Middleware)
  • Geomerics Enlighten
  • Kingsoft Mission Against Terror
  • Kingsoft JX Online III
  • NC Soft Aion
  • NC Soft Lineage II
  • Neowiz Alliance of Valiant Arms
  • Neowiz AVA
  • Sega Football Manager 2009
  • Sega Football Manager 2010
  • Sega Empire: Total War (with patch)
  • Simul Software LTD Simul Weather (Middleware)
  • THQ Relic Company of Heroes
  • Trinigy Vision Engine v7 (Middleware)
  • Ubisoft Assassinís Creed
  • Ubisoft Far Cry 2 (with patch)
  • Ubisoft HAWK
  • Ubisoft World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
  • Winking Sakura