SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP2c Update

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We are pleased to announce SP2c (version 28.34 for Sandra Titanium (2018) with updated hardware and software support:

Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release

  • Hardware Information
    • Ryzen 1/2 &  Threadripper: fix crash when Hyper-V / “Windows Core Isolation – Memory Integrity” (VBS) –  are enabled
    • Ryzen 2 &  Threadripper: enabled display of Core temperature, voltage, current, power usage

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SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP2b Update

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We are pleased to announce SP2b (version 28.31) for Sandra Titanium (2018) with updated hardware and software support:

Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release

  • CPU Benchmarks:
    • Multi-Media, .Net Multi-Media, Java Multi-Media: optimised fractal picture size selection for better scaling. Crash fix upon loading large fractals.
    • Image Processing: optimised picture size selection for better scaling.
  • GPGPU Benchmarks:
    • Processing (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX): optimised fractal picture size selection for better scaling. Crash fix upon loading large fractals.
    • Image Processing (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX): optimised picture size selection for better scaling.
  • GPGPU: improved clock speed reporting (base/boost).

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SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP2 Update

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We are pleased to announce SP2 (version 28.28) for Sandra Titanium (2018) with updated hardware and software support:

Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release

  • GPGPU:
    • nVidia Series 2000 (Turing) GPGPU support (still on SDK 9.2 for broad compatibility)
    • Fixes workgroup sizes for Scientific benchmarks
  • CPU:
    • Support for Intel 9000-Series CPU
    • Crypto AES benchmark VAES 512-bit and 256-bit support

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SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) SP1b Update

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We are pleased to announce SP1b (version 28.26) for Sandra Titanium (2018) with updated hardware and software support:

Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release

  • GPGPU: Updated nVidia CUDA 9.2 SDK with FP16 support for all benchmarks
    • nVidia Volta arch GPGPU support
  • CPU: Support update for AMD ThreadRipper v2
  • CPU: Support update for Intel v9 CPUs

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SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) RTMa Update

We are pleased to release RTMa (RTM update A – version 28.18) update for Sandra Titanium (2018) with the following updates:

Sandra Titanium (2018) Press Release

  • CPU: Updated tools allowed for new AVX512 code-path (FFT)
  • Hardware support updates and fixes
  • Updates to the new Overall Benchmarks: CPU, GPGPU, Disk, Memory
  • Firmware logging and upload for all benchmarks including Ranker support
    • Microcode version for CPUs (to determine Spectre/Meltdown support)
    • Firmware version for Memory Controllers
    • Firmware version for Disk drives (HDD or SSD)
    • BIOS version for mainboards
    • BIOS version for Graphics Cards / GPGPUs

Note: Sandra will also display whether an updated version for microcode, firmware or BIOS is available for your device from the respective manufacturer / OEM. Community powered, this relies on users benchmarking and uploading their scores to the Ranker.

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SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) Released!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018) Released:
Brand-new benchmarks, hardware support

Updates: RTMa, SP1b, SP2, SP2b, SP2c.

London, UK, April 27th 2018 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra Titanium (2018), the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

We have added new Overall Performance benchmarks for all major components (CPU, GPGPU, Video/Graphics, Memory/Cache and Disk) and thus simplified the Overall Computer Performance benchmark.

We have added hardware support and optimisations for brand-new CPU architectures (AMD Ryzen 2, AMD Vega GPGPU, future Intel) not forgetting GPGPU architectures across the various interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader, OpenGL Compute).

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2017 service packs: in Sandra Titanium they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Operating System Module

Broad Operating System Support

All current versions supported: Windows 10*, 8.1, 8, 7; Server 2019*, 2016, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2

Brand new Overall Performance Benchmarks allowing easy and complete device performance analysis without individually running all the benchmarks: now you need to run just one benchmarks that aggregates the results from all the component benchmarks.

Processor Overall Index

A combined performance index of all major CPU-related benchmarks: Multi-Media, Scientific Analysis, Financial Analysis, Image Processing, Multi-Core Efficiency.

Ranker: Processor Overall Index

GPGPU Overall Index

A combined performance index of all major GPGPU-related benchmarks: Processing, Scientific Analysis, Financial Analysis, Image Processing, Memory Bandwidth, Memory Latency.

Ranker: GPGPU Overall Index

Video/Graphics Overall Index

A combined performance index of all major video benchmarks: Shader Processing, Memory Bandwidth, Media Transcoding.

Ranker: Video/Graphics Overall Index

Memory/Cache Overall Index

A combined performance index of all major memory and cache-related benchmarks: Memory Bandwidth, Cache Bandwidth, Memory Latency.

Ranker: Memory/Cache Overall Index

Disk Overall Index

A combined performance index of all major disk-related benchmarks: File System Bandwidth, File System I/O, Physical Disk Bandwidth.

Ranker: Disk Overall Index

As a result, the Overall Compute Benchmark was simplified to be an aggregate of the component overall benchmarks:

Overall (2018) Computer Index

A combined performance index of all component overall indexes (CPU, GPGPU, Video/Graphics, Memory/Cache and Disk)

Ranker: Overall (2018) Computer Index

Key features of Sandra Titanium

  • 4 native architectures support (x86, x64 – Windows; ARM, ARM64, x86, x64 – Android)
  • Huge official hardware support through technology partners (AMD/ATI, nVidia, Intel).
  • 4 native (GP)GPU/APU platforms support (OpenCL 2.0+, CUDA 9.0+, DirectX Compute Shader 10+, OpenGL Compute 4.3+, Vulkan 1.0+).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 4.0+, Vulkan 1.0+).
  • 9 language versions (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional, Simplified), Russian) in a single installer.
  • Enhanced Sandra Lite (Eval) version (free for personal/educational use, evaluation for other uses)

Articles & Benchmarks

For more details, please see the following articles:

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About SiSoftware

SiSoftware, founded in 1995, is one of the leading providers of computer analysis, diagnostic and benchmarking software. The flagship product, known as “SANDRA”, was launched in 1997 and has become one of the most widely used products in its field. Many worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Thousands on-line reviews of computer hardware that use SANDRA are catalogued on our website alone.

Since launch, SiSoftware has always been at the forefront of the technology arena, being among the first providers of benchmarks that show the power of emerging new technologies such as multi-core, GPGPU, OpenCL, OpenGL, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX512, AVX2, AVX, FMA3, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4, SSSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

SiSoftware is located in London, UK. For more information, please visit www.sisoftware.net, www.sisoftware.eu, or www.sisoftware.co.uk

Sandra Platinum (2017) SP4 – Updates for ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’

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NB: SP4 has been refreshed to version 24.61 vs. the original 24.55 a day later.

We are pleased to release SP4 (Service Pack 4 – version 24.61) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Reporting of Operating System (Windows) speculation control settings for the recently discovered vulnerabilities:
  • Reporting of latest CPU microcode update availability
    • Hardware mitigation for BTI/’Spectre’
  • Reporting of CPU features for branch control
    • Hardware enumeration and control for speculation and predictors
      • Indirect branch restricted speculation (IBRS) and Indirect branch predictor barrier (IBPB)
      • Single thread indirect branch predictors (STIBP)
      • Architecture Capabilities (affected by IB or not)
  • Reporting of CPU support for Context ID / Indirect CID
    • Hardware acceleration for context switching thus mitigating performance loss when KVA (Kernel’s Virtual Address) Shadowing is enabled.

Windows speculation control settings reporting:

Recommended Settings (Windows and CPU updated)
Operating System Mitigation: Enabled (Windows updated)

BTI Mitigation: Enabled, CPU indirect branch-control enumeration support (microcode updated)

RDCL Mitigation: KVA Shadowing enabled, Windows/CPU context-ID support

OK Settings (Windows updated, but CPU not updated)
Operating System Mitigation: Enabled (Windows updated)

BTI Mitigation: Not enabled, no CPU support (e.g. firmware not updated – check for BIOS update)

RDCL Mitigation: KVA Shadowing enabled, Windows/CPU context-ID support

OK Settings (Windows updated, but CPU not updated, no CID)
Operating System Mitigation: Enabled (Windows updated)

BTI Mitigation: Not enabled, no CPU support (e.g. firmware not updated – check for BIOS update)

RDCL Mitigation: KVA Shadowing not enabled, no context-ID support (either CPU or Windows obsolete)

Not Recommended (Windows not updated)
Operating System Mitigation: Not enabled, Windows has not been updated – install the OS update)

Processor features and microcode updates:

CPU microcode not latest
CPU has not been updated with the latest microcode update: check for an updated BIOS/firmware from the OEM/computer manufacturer.
CPU microcode w/speculation support
CPU supports IBRS/PB (indirect branch restricted speculation/predictor barrier) ennumeration as well as STIBP (single thread indirect branch predictors).
CPU supports CID or InvPCID
CPU supports either CID (Context ID) or InvPCID (Process Context ID) for faster context switch – thus mitigating performance loss.

 

Microcode Updates for Intel processors (non-exhaustive list):

 

 

Generation Old Microcode Updated Microcode
IvyBridge 3rd Gen (IVB C0) 28 2a
Haswell 4th Gen (HSW-U/Y Cx/Dx) 20 21
Haswell-X 4th Gen (HSX C0) 3a 3b
Haswell-EX 4th Gen (HSW-EX E0) 0f 10
Broadwell 5th Gen (BDW-U/Y E/F) 25 28
Crystalwell 5th Gen (CRW CX) 17 18
Broadwell 5th Gen (BDW-H E/G) 17 1b
Broadwell 5th Gen (BDX-DE V0/V1) 0f 14
Broadwell 5th Gen (BDX-DE V2) 0d 11
SkyLake 6th Gen (SKL-U/Y D0/R0) ba c2
SkyLake-X 6th Gen (SKX H0) 35 3c
KabyLake 7th Gen (KBL-U/Y H0) 62 80
KabyLake 7th Gen (KBL Y0 / CFL D0) 70 80
KabyLake 7th Gen (KBL-H/S B0) 5e 80
CofeeLake 8th Gen (CFL U0/B0) 70 80

 

Note: Due to some unexplained crashes, resume from sleep issues, etc. the current (January 2018) microcode updates have been suspended by Intel. They are scheduled to be resumed in March 2018.

In preliminary benchmarking, we have observed no or very minor performance impact to CPU, GPGPU and memory scores; disk performance for small transfers is impacted when KVA shadowing is enabled.

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP3 – Updates and Fixes

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We are pleased to release SP3 (Service Pack 3 – version 24.50) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Fix start-up crash with non-AVX older systems (both x86 and x64)
  • Tools update allowing further optimisations to AVX512 benchmarks
  • Other hardware information fixes depending on APIC ID configuration
    • AMD Ryzen 5 – L3 cache detection 4x not 2x
    • AMD Ryzen 3 – detected as SMP

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP2 – NUMA for ThreadRipper, AVX512 for SKL-X

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We are pleased to release SP2 (Service Pack 2 – version 24.41) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Tools update allowing further ports of benchmarks to AVX512, e.g.:
    • CPU Multi-Media: 128-bit (octa) floating-point benchmark
    • CPU Scientific: GEMM, FFT N-Body (single and double floating-point)
    • CPU Image Processing: All filters vectorised and ported to AVX512 (Blur/Sharpen/Motion-Blur, Edge/Noise/Oil, Diffusion/Marble)
  • Algorithm harness update allowing NUMA multi-block performance improvement, e.g.:
    • CPU Multi-Media: all algorithms. both integer and floating-point.
    • CPU Cryptography: all algorithms, both crypto and hashing.
    • CPU Scientific: all algorithms (but especially (F/D)GEMM)
    • CPU Financial: Monte-Carlo (N/A others).
    • CPU Image Processing: All filters (Blur/Sharpen/Motion-Blur, Edge/Noise/Oil, Diffusion/Marble).

New articles showing the improvement that AVX512 and NUMA bring:

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP1a

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We are pleased to release SP1a (Service Pack 1a – version 24.30) update for Sandra Platinum (2017) with the following updates:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Tools update allowing further ports of benchmarks to AVX512, e.g.:
    • CPU Multi-Media: 128-bit (octa) floating-point benchmark
    • CPU Scientific: GEMM and N-Body (single and double floating-point)
    • CPU Image Processing: SIMD filters (AVX2/FMA3, AVX, SSE4*, SSE2) performance improvement
    • further benchmarks will be enabled as tools are further updated

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