Sat, 02 Jun 2007

pystone benchmarks

These aren't very sceintific tests, but it's interesting to see the difference from processor to processor. The test I'm performing is a builtin pystone benchmark from the test module in python that tests mostly cpu performance in executing python code. It is simply done by doing the following on a *unix box:

from test import pystone
pystone.main(500000)

It will then output the time it took and the pystones/second value. Run it a few times and take the lowest value. Here are the results from a bunch of machines I have access too:
MachineTimepystones/second
Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 (2.4 ghz)7.0471022.7
Intel Xeon 5110 (1.6 ghz)10.4247984.6
Athlon s969 3200+ (2.0 ghz)12.0241597.3
Athlon s969 3000+ (1.8 ghz)13.3737397.2
AMD Hammer? (1.6 ghz)14.9533444.8
AMD Opteron 242 (1.6 ghz)15.2032894.7
Intel Pentium 4 (2.4 ghz)16.5330248.0
AMD Sempron (1.6 ghz)17.0129394.5
Epia M6000 (600 mhz)74.546707.8
Intel Celeron (300 mhz)100.894955.9

graph

As can be seen from the graph the new Core 2 Duo chip I got outperforms my old AMD 64 3000+ by almost double in this test. And it really does make quite a noticeable difference in just day to day use. Well worth the upgrade I would say...

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