UL is expanding the versatility of its popular 3DMark benchmarking tool with the addition of a set of dedicated CPU benchmarks. Unlike typical CPU benchmarks, 3DMark’s new benchmarks leverage a new approach that can show enthusiasts how their CPU performance scales with the number of cores and threads used instead of merely producing a single number. Users can find the new CPU Profile, which comprises six tests ranging from single thread to max threads, in 3DMark Advanced Edition and 3DMark Professional Edition.
The 3DMark CPU Profile includes six tests that feature a combination of physics computations and custom simulations. All six tests use the same workload; it is only the amount of threading that changes, with tests limited to using either 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, or the maximum number of available threads. Each of the six tests produces a score. Scores are comparable across tests. You can compare the 8-thread score with the 4-thread score, for example. A higher score means the CPU performed the work faster.