SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017) Released!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017) Released:
Brand-new benchmarks, hardware support

Updates: None.

Articles: AMD Ryzen CPU Performance, AMD Ryzen Cache and Memory Performance, Intel Graphics GPGPU Performance, FP16 GPGPU Image Processing Performance & Quality.

London, UK, March 24th 2017 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra Platnium (2017), the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

Sandra Platinum has a brand-new fresh look that is not out-of-place on all operating systems from the classic Windows 7 (Aero) to future Windows 10 (Neon).

We have added hardware support and optimisations for brand-new CPU architectures (AMD Ryzen, future AVX512, etc.) 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 2016 service packs: in Sandra Platinum they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra Platinum:

Brand-new look and icons for all versions of Windows from 7 (Aero) to future 10 (Neon)

  • Updated benchmark icons: high resolution 256×256 icons suitable for high-dpi screens (4k/UHD).

Main

Benchmarks

Wizards

Information

Windows

Broad Operating System Support
All current versions supported: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7; Server 2016, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2

  • Updated Benchmark Module: GPGPU Image Processing (oil painting, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise) supporting all modern interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader)
  • New Benchmark Module: CPU Image Processing (oil painting, diffuse, marbling) supporting all modern vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
  • New OpenGL Compute Support: Ported GPGPU benchmarks to OpenGL (4.3+) Compute Shader (Fractals, Crypto, Image Processing)
  • New GPU Precision: FP16/half-float precision benchmarks (Image Processing)
  • Maintained Benchmark: Updated Overall Score (2016/2017) by adding new benchmarks to the index.
  • New Hardware Support: New AMD Ryzen architecture support, future AVX512-supporting hardware support.
System Overall Benchmark

Overall Score 2016/Platinum benchmark:
16 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Multi-Media (SIMD), Financial and Scientific: measures native processing performance using the very latest instruction sets (AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic: measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/Modern applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Financial, Scientific: measures (GP)GPU/APU processing performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Memory Bandwidth and Latency: measures (GP)GPU/APU memory performance

Key features of Sandra Platinum

  • 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 1.2+, CUDA 8.0+, DirectX Compute Shader 11+, OpenGL Compute 4.3+).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 3.0+).
  • 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)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

For more details, and to purchase the commercial versions, please click here.

Updating or Upgrading

To update your existing commercial version, please click here.

Downloading

For more details, and to download the Lite (Evaluation) version, please click here.

Reviewers and Editors

For your free review copies, please contact us.

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, FMA, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

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

SP3 for Sandra 2016 Released!

Update Wizard

As we move towards 2017, we have not forgotten our users with the just released SP3 for Sandra 2016 adding many additions and fixes to keep it up-to-date with new developments:

  • NVMe SSD support (Windows 10, Samsung, Intel)
  • nVidia CUDA 8 SDK support with native nVidia Pascal SM6.x hardware support (GTX 1080, 1070, 1060, etc.)
  • Intel Core 7th Gen (Kaby Lake) support (ULV, Y, future desktop/H)
  • TPM 2.0 support (mandated for new Windows 10)
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) native support

As always the update is free, so please update as soon as possible.

SP2 for SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released!

Update Wizard

We are happy to release SP2 (Service Pack 2) to SiSoftware Sandra 2016.

This new version has been built with the updated tools in order to extract the maximum performance out of the latest hardware and also contains minor additions and fixes:

  • Spanish Help file translation courtesy of Antonio Pérez Madrazo.
  • CUDA 8.0 (Pascal) preliminary device support.
  • Compiler optimisations including SIMD improvements.

As always the update is free so either visit the Sandra Lite Downloads or the Sandra Commercial Downloads.

SP1a for SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released!

Update Wizard

We are happy to release SP1a (Service Pack 1a) to SiSoftware Sandra 2016.

This is a minor update that improves stability and adds a few optimisations that were developed after further testing of SP1 release.

The SP1a update also enables the Marbling: Perlin Noise 2D (3 octaves) Filter for both GPGPUs (CUDA, OpenCL) and CPU.

Sandra 2016 SP1 New Image Filters

SP1 for SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released!

Update Wizard

We are happy to release SP1 (Service Pack 1) to SiSoftware Sandra 2016.

This release introduces initial AVX512 benchmarks with all SIMD benchmarks due to be ported once compiler support becomes available:

CPU Multi-Media (Fractal Generation): single, double floating-point; integer, long benchmarks ported to AVX512. [See article Future performance with AVX512]

CPU Crypto (SHA Hashing): SHA2-256 and SHA2-512 multi-buffer ported to AVX512.

– Hardware support for future arch (AMD and Intel).

.Net Multi-Media native vector support is vector width independent and thus will support AVX512 with a future CLR release automatically

GPU Image Processing: New, more complex filters:

  • Oil Painting: Quantise (9×9) Filter: CUDA, OpenCL
  • Diffusion: Randomise (256) Filter: CUDA, OpenCL
  • Marbling: Perlin Noise 2D (3 octaves) Filter: CUDA, OpenCL

CPU Image Processing: New, more complex filters

  • Oil Painting: Quantise (9×9) Filter: AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2
  • Diffusion: Randomise (256) Filter: AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2
  • Marbling: Perlin Noise 2D (3 octaves) Filter: AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2

Sandra 2016 SP1 New Image FiltersMore benchmarks will be ported to AVX512 subject to compiler support; currently Microsoft’s VC++ does not support AVX512 intrinsics and in the interest of fairness we do not use specialised compilers.

Please see our article – Future performance with AVX512 – for a primer on AVX512 and projected performance improvements due to AVX512 and 512-bit transfers.

SiSoftware Sandra 2016 RTMa Released

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We are providing an update to Sandra 2016, RTMa (version 22.15) with various updates and fixes:

  • .Net native Vector support: (floating-point single/double) in latest 4.6 CLR RyuJIT. the CLR automatically uses AVX/SSE2 SIMD as supported by the CPU. (see .Net Vectors (CLR 4.6 RyuJIT) Performance article for more information)
  • CPU Image Processing: Did not run SIMD code-paths (FMA, AVX, SSE2) only FPU resulting in low performance.
  • GPGPU Image Processing: Minor performance optimisation for median/de-noise filter.
  • GPGPU Crypto: SHA performance optimisations for nVidia cards in CUDA and OpenCL (SHA1 especially).
  • Overall Score 2016: score may not generate in all cases.
  • Windows 10: 1511 SDK update (build 10586 2015 November update)
  • Website Change: Due to transition to WP links and feeds were broken.

We recommend you update your version of Sandra 2016 as soon as possible.

SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released

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SiSoftware Sandra 2016 Released:
Brand-new benchmarks, OpenGL CS, RTM Windows 10 and future Server 2016* support

Superseded By: Sandra Platinum (2017)

Updates: RTMa, SP1, SP1a, SP2, SP3.

Articles: .Net Vector Performance, AVX512 Future Performance.

London, UK, November 16th 2015 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2016, 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 expanded our portfolio with brand-new CPU and GPGPU Image Processing benchmarks (testing common filters) that support all modern instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2) as well as GPGPU interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX 10/11 ComputeShader). Since Compute is now supported in the very latest versions of OpenGL (4.3+) we have also ported the GPGPU benchmarks to this new interface.

With the public release of Windows 10 RTM we have transitioned to the brand-new tools in order to use the very latest technologies, including future DirectX 12 (both shader and compute).

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2015 service packs: in Sandra 2015 they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra 2016:

Windows

Broad Operating System Support
All current OS versions supported: Windows 10 RTM/AU, 8.1, 8, 7; Server 2016*, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2

  • New Benchmark Module: GPGPU Image Processing (common filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil painting, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise) supporting all modern interfaces (CUDA, OpenCL, DirectX ComputeShader)
  • New Benchmark Module: CPU Image Processing (common filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil painting, diffuse, marbling) supporting all modern vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
  • New OpenGL Compute Support: Ported GPGPU benchmarks to OpenGL (4.3+) Compute Shader (Fractals, Crypto, Image Processing)
  • New GPU Precision: FP16/half-float precision benchmarks (Financial, Scientific)
  • New CPU Test: 64-bit Integer Dhrystone measuring 64-bit integer workload performance.
  • New .Net vector Support: Native vector to SIMD (AVX512*, FMA/AVX, SSE2, etc.) conversion in the latest 4.6 CLR (RyuJIT).
  • New Transcode Test: HEVC/H.265 media transcode test, brand-new high-bitrate master AVC1 media file 1080p and UHD/4K (commercial versions) for UHD/4K, 3K, 1440p transcoding benchmarking.
  • Updated Benchmark: Updated Overall Score (2016) by adding new benchmarks to the index.
  • New Operating System Support: Full support for Windows 10 RTM, 8.1, 8, 7 as well as Server 2016*, 2012/R2, 2008/R2.
  • New Hardware Support: Modern and future hardware support.
CPU Image Processing Benchmark

CPU, GPGPU Image Processing
Common filters: blur, sharpen, sobel, median/de-noise, oil filter, diffuse/random, marbling/perlin noise

Image/photo manipulation is an increasing common task with GPGPUs increasingly used to accelerate filter processing in popular programs (e.g. Photoshop). This brand-new benchmark set tests the performance of various filters:

  • Blur: 3×3 Convolution Filter
  • Sharpen: 5×5 Convolution Filter
  • Motion Blur: 7×7 Convolution Filter
  • Edge Detection: Horizontal + Vertical 5×5 Sobel Filter
  • De-Noise: 5×5 Median Filter
  • Oil Painting: Quantise (9×9) Filter [SP1]
  • Diffusion: Randomise / XorShift (256) Filter [SP1]
  • Marbling: Simplex Noise 2D Perlin (3O) Filter [SP1a]
GPGPU Image Processing Benchmark

CPU, GPGPU Image Processing
Modern vectorised and GPU interfaces

Image/photo manipulation is greatly accelerated through vectorised SIMD instruction sets (AVX512, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2) operating on multiple pixels at the same time, but also increasingly accelerated by GPGPUs in modern programs (e.g. Photoshop). This brand-new benchmark set supports all GPGPU interfaces as well as SIMD instruction sets:

  • GPGPU: CUDA (7.5), OpenCL (2.0, 1.2), DirectX Compute Shader (11/10), OpenGL Compute Shader (4.3+) [future DirectX 12 support]
  • CPU: AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2 instruction sets


Sandra 2016 Image Filters
Sandra 2016 SP1 New Image Filters

System Overall Benchmark

Updated Overall Score 2016 benchmark for complete system performance evaluation
16 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Multi-Media (SIMD), Financial and Scientific: measures native processing performance using the very latest instruction sets (AVX512*, AVX2/FMA, AVX, SSE2)
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic: measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/Modern applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Financial, Scientific: measures (GP)GPU/APU processing performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Memory Bandwidth and Latency: measures (GP)GPU/APU memory performance

Key features of Sandra 2016

  • 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 1.1+, CUDA 7.5+, DirectX Compute Shader 11+, OpenGL Compute 4.3+).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 3.0+).
  • 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)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

For more details, and to purchase the commercial versions, please click here.

Updating or Upgrading

To update your existing commercial version, please click here.

Downloading

For more details, and to download the Lite (Evaluation) version, please click here.

Reviewers and Editors

For your free review copies, please contact us.

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. Nearly 700 worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Over 9,000 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, MIPS, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX512, AVX2, AVX, FMA, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

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

SiSoftware Sandra 2015 Released

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Contact: Press Office

SiSoftware Sandra 2015 Released:
Windows 10/Server 2016 (Beta) Support, New Benchmarks

Superseded: This version has been replaced by Sandra 2016.

Updates: SP4 (Nov 19th 2015), SP3 (Sep 17th 2015), SP2b (Jul 6th 2015), SP2 (Jun 1st 2015), SP1a (Mar 17th 2015), SP1 (Feb 16th 2015), 2015i (Nov 26th 2014).

London, UK, November 10th 2014 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2015, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

With the public release of Windows 10 Tech Preview, we have updated Sandra to the latest tools for Windows 10 – but also supporting Windows 8.1, 8, 7 and Vista – but also Server 2016, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2; however, Windows XP and Server 2003/R2 are no longer supported.

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2014 service packs: in Sandra 2015 they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra 2015:

Windows

Broad Operating System Support
All current OS versions supported: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista; Server 2016, 2012/R2 and 2008/R2

  • Enhanced for Windows 10 / Server 2016 Desktop mode using the latest API.
  • New theme for Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 with high-DPI support (200% 192ppi) 256×256 pixels icons.
  • Full support for Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista as well as Server 2012/R2, 2008/R2.
  • Updated hardware support for both current and future hardware
Ranker

Updated Device Performance Certification*
Certify the validity and quality of your benchmarks results [Commercial versions]

Device Performance Certification validates whether the benchmark result (score) you have obtained upon benchmarking your device is valid (i.e. the device you tested is performing correctly) and how it compares to the scores obtained by other users when testing the same device.

By aggregating the results submitted for each device and performing statistical analysis (e.g. computing mean/average, standard deviation, etc.) we can use statistical tools to work out whether the score is within the expected range (confidence intervals).

Based on the variability of scores you can determine whether the performance of your device is consistent or varies significantly from test to test.

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System Overall Benchmark

Updated Overall Score (2015) benchmark for complete system performance evaluation
14 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic, Multi-Media (SIMD), Financial and Scientific: measures native processing performance using the very latest instruction sets (AVX2, FMA, AVX, SSE2 and future AVX-512F)
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic: measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/Modern applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Financial, Scientific: measures (GP)GPU/APU processing performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Memory Bandwidth and Latency: measures (GP)GPU/APU memory performance
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Windows

Brand new style for Windows 10

Windows 10 / 8.x have their own style (Modern, ex-Metro) shared with Windows Phone 8.x. Love it or hate it, it is here to stay. We have also provided Windows 7, Vista users with an updated, modern style:

HwInfoMetro BenchListMetro
Buy

Price Engine: invaluable

Why? The Price engine enhances the user’s experience by providing product pictures and additional specifications – as well as the the latest price. It enables the calculation of important metrics like Performance vs. Price and Capacity vs. Price (for storage media) which are extremely useful when making comparisons. All this is done automatically rather than manually searching for pricing, a great time saver.

Key features of Sandra 2015:

  • 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, CUDA, DirectX Compute Shader, OpenGL Compute).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 12.x, DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, OpenGL 3.0+).
  • 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)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

For more details, and to purchase the commercial versions, please click here.

Updating or Upgrading

To update your existing commercial version, please click here.

Downloading

For more details, and to download the Lite (Eval) version, please click here.

Reviewers and Editors

For your free review copies, please contact us.

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. Nearly 700 worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Over 9,000 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, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, MIPS, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX3, AVX2, AVX, FMA4, FMA, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

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

SiSoftware Sandra 2014 Released

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SiSoftware Sandra 2014 Released:
Updated Device Performance Certification, New Benchmarks, Windows 8.1 support

Superseded: This version has been replaced by Sandra 2015.

Updates: SP6a (Mar 17th 2015), SP5 (Jan 19th 2015), SP4 (Nov 26th 2014), SP1a (Feb 17th 2014), SP1 (Jan 28th 2014).

London, UK, November 25th 2013 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2014, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

While Sandra has been updated for the brand-new Windows 8.1 / Server 2012/R2 operating systems, we have not forgotten Windows 7, Vista or even XP* users – all new features and enhancements are supported on all operating systems.

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2013 service packs: in Sandra 2014 they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra 2014:

SoftWindows

Broad Operating System Support
All current OS versions supported: Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista and XP*

  • Enhanced for Windows 8.1 / Server 2012/R2 Desktop mode using the latest API.
  • New theme for Windows 8.1 / 8 with high-DPI support (200% 192ppi) 256×256 pixels icons.
  • Full support for Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP* as well as Server 2008/R2 and Server 2003/R2.
  • Updated hardware support for both current and future hardware
ranker

Updated Device Performance Certification*
Certify the validity and quality of your benchmarks results [Commercial versions]

Device Performance Certification validates whether the benchmark result (score) you have obtained upon benchmarking your device is valid (i.e. the device you tested is performing correctly) and how it compares to the scores obtained by other users when testing the same device.

By aggregating the results submitted for each device and performing statistical analysis (e.g. computing mean/average, standard deviation, etc.) we can use statistical tools to work out whether the score is within the expected range (confidence intervals).

Based on the variability of scores you can determine whether the performance of your device is consistent or varies significantly from test to test.

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BenchGpuScience

New GP / HC (GPU/APU/CPU) Scientific Analysis benchmark
3 algorithms, 2 precision (FP32/FP64), 2 interfaces

Tests the performance of the three (3) common algorithms used in scientific analysis but are also used in many applications:

  • General Matrix Multiply (GEMM)
  • Fast Fourier Transform (FFT)
  • N-Body Simulation (NBDY)

Multiple floating-point precisions:

  • Normal precision – FP32 (32-bit floating point)
  • High precision – FP64 (64-bit floating point)

Multiple interfaces:

  • CUDA 5.0+
  • OpenCL 1.x+
  • DirectX ComputeShader 11.x support coming soon*

We have published an article on the scientific analysis performance of current (GP)GPU architectures: GP Scientific Analysis.

BenchScience

New CPU Scientific Analysis benchmark
3 algorithms, 2 precision (FP32/FP64), 3 instruction sets

Tests the performance of the three (3) common algorithms used in scientific analysis but are also used in many applications:

  • General Matrix Multiply (GEMM)
  • Fast Fourier Transform (FFT)
  • N-Body Simulation (NBDY)

Multiple floating-point precisions:

  • Normal precision – FP32 (32-bit floating point)
  • High precision – FP64 (64-bit floating point)

Multiple instruction sets:

  • SSE2, SSE3
  • AVX, FMA
BenchFinance

Updated GP / HC (GPU/APU/CPU) Financial Analysis benchmark
3 models, 2 precision (FP32/FP64), 2 interfaces

Tests the performance of the three (3) standard financial models (options pricing); different models are used in organised option trading to determine their future worth (e.g. price at expiration date / “strike” price) and thus their worth:

  • Binomial Option Pricing (European Model)
  • Black-Scholes Option Pricing (European Model)
  • Monte Carlo Option Pricing (European Model)
  • Monte Carlo Option Pricing (Asian Model)*

Multiple floating-point precisions:

  • Normal precision – FP32 (32-bit floating point)
  • High precision – FP64 (64-bit floating point)

Multiple interfaces:

  • CUDA 5.0+
  • OpenCL 1.x+
  • DirectX ComputeShader 11.x [new]

We have published an article on the financial analysis performance of current (GP)GPU architectures: GP Financial Analysis.

BenchSystem

Updated Overall Score (2014) benchmark for complete system performance evaluation
12 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic and Multi-Media (SIMD): measures native processor performance
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic and Multi-Media (vectorised): measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/METRO applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Financial Analysis [new] and Bandwidth: measures (GP)GPU/APU performance
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BenchGpuMem

Memory Latency benchmark: code/instruction cache latencies
2 memory types, 3 access patterns

Modern processors have dedicated cache sub-systems (e.g. L1I, L2I) to handle code/instructions that, while just as important as data caches, are not assessed by most benchmarks.

Sandra 2013 adds a brand new benchmark using its 3 dedicated access patterns (“in-page” thus avoiding “out-of-page” latencies, “full random” and “linear/sequential”) to fully test code caches performance.

We have published an article on the cache latencies of current CPU architectures: Measuring Cache and Memory Latency (access patters, paging and TLBs).

SoftWindows

Brand new style for Windows 8.1

Windows 8.x has its own style (ex-Metro) that it shares with Windows Phone 8.x. Love it or hate it, it is here to stay. We have also provided Windows 7, Vista and XP* users with an updated, modern style:

HwInfoMetro BenchListMetro
CmdBuy

Price Engine: invaluable

Why? The Price engine enhances the user’s experience by providing product pictures and additional specifications – as well as the the latest price. It enables the calculation of important metrics like Performance vs. Price and Capacity vs. Price (for storage media) which are extremely useful when making comparisons. All this is done automatically rather than manually searching for pricing, a great time saver.

Key features of Sandra 2014

  • 3 native architectures support (x86, x64, ARM).
  • Huge official hardware support through technology partners (Intel, AMD/ATI, SiS, VIA).
  • 3 native (GP)GPU/APU platforms support (OpenCL, DirectX Compute Shader, CUDA).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, DirectX 9, OpenGL 2.0+).
  • 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)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

For more details, and to purchase the commercial versions, please click here.

Updating or Upgrading

To update your existing commercial version, please click here.

Downloading

For more details, and to download the Lite (Evaluation) version, please click here.

Reviewers and Editors

For your free review copies, please contact us.

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. Nearly 700 worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Over 9,000 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, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, MIPS, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX3, AVX2, AVX, FMA4, FMA, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

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

SiSoftware Sandra 2013 Released

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Press Office

SiSoftware Sandra 2013 Released:
Updated Device Performance Certification, New Drivers/Firmware Notification, Windows 8 support

NB: This version has been replaced by Sandra 2014.

Updates: SP6 (October 2nd 2013), SP4 (June 15th 2013), SP3 (March 26th 2013), SP2, SP1 (December 7th 2012).

London, UK, November 5th 2012 – We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2013, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks.

While Sandra has been updated for the brand-new Windows 8 / Server 2012 operating systems, we have not forgotten Windows 7, Vista or XP users – all new features and enhancements are supported on all operating systems.

As SiSoftware operates a “just-in-time” release cycle, some features were introduced in Sandra 2012 service packs: in Sandra 2013 they have been updated and enhanced based on all the feedback received.

Here is an in-depth new feature list of Sandra 2013:

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Broad Operating System Support
All current OS versions supported: Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP

  • Enhanced for Windows 8 / Server 2012 Desktop mode using the latest API.
  • New theme for Windows 8 / Server 2012 and its brand new look (ex-Metro).
  • Full support for Windows 7, Vista and XP as well as Server 2008/R2 and Server 2003/R2.
  • Updated hardware support for both current and future hardware (AMD “Trinity”, “Vishera”; Intel “Haswell”)
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New driver/firmware notification
Keep up-to-date with the latest enhancements for your computer

Sandra checks for updated firmware/BIOS or device drivers for all components/peripherals and provides the user with download information [commercial versions only]:

  • System BIOS update
  • Video Card BIOS update, driver update (including DirectX, OpenGL, OpenCL and CUDA)
  • Disk (Hard Disk, Optical Drive or SSD) firmware update
  • CPU microcode update
  • USB device firmware update, driver update
  • Printer firmware update, driver update
  • Network device (e.g. router, wireless access point) firmware update
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Updated Device Performance Certification*
Certify the validity and quality of your benchmarks results [Commercial versions]

Device Performance Certification validates whether the benchmark result (score) you have obtained upon benchmarking your device is valid (i.e. the device you tested is performing correctly) and how it compares to the scores obtained by other users when testing the same device.

By aggregating the results submitted for each device and performing statistical analysis (e.g. computing mean/average, standard deviation, etc.) we can use statistical tools to work out whether the score is within the expected range (confidence intervals).

Based on the variability of scores you can determine whether the performance of your device is consistent or varies significantly from test to test.

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BenchFinance

New GP / HC (GPU/APU/CPU) Financial Analysis benchmark
3 models, 2 precision (FP32/FP64), 2 interfaces

Tests the performance of the three (3) standard financial models (options pricing); different models are used in organised option trading to determine their future worth (e.g. price at expiration date / “strike” price) and thus their worth:

  • Binomial Option Pricing (European Model)
  • Black-Scholes Option Pricing (European Model)
  • Monte Carlo Option Pricing (European Model)

Two floating-point precisions:

  • Normal precision – FP32 (32-bit floating point)
  • High precision – FP64 (64-bit floating point)

Available in both OpenCL and CUDA. (DirectX ComputeShader support coming soon)

We have published an article on the financial analysis performance of current (GP)GPU architectures: GP Financial Analysis.

BenchGpuLatency

New GP / HC (GPU/APU/CPU) Cache/Memory Latency benchmark
4 memory types, 3 access patterns, 2 interfaces

Benchmark all the different memories (global, constant, shared/local, private) of modern (GP)GPUs using the 3 access patterns (in-page random, full random, sequential/linear) in OpenCL, CUDA and DirectX ComputeShader. See the differences between modern (GP)GPU architectures from AMD and nVidia or APU architectures from AMD and Intel.

We have published an article on the cache/memory latencies of current (GP)GPU architectures: GP GPU/APU Cache and Memory Latencies.

BenchGpuCache

New GP / HC (GPU/APU/CPU) Cache Bandwidth benchmark
4 memory types, 2 interfaces

Benchmark all the different memories (global, constant, shared/local, private) of modern (GP)GPUs and measure L1, L2 and L3 cache bandwidths in OpenCL and CUDA. See the differences between modern (GP)GPU architectures from AMD and nVidia or APU architectures from AMD and Intel.

We have published an article on the cache bandwidths of current (GP)GPU architectures: GP GPU/APU Cache and Memory Bandwidths.

BenchTrans

New Memory Transaction Throughput benchmark

Measures the transaction throughput of the memory sub-system using different locks and update algorithms. It shows the improvement the new transactional synchronisation extensions (TSX: HLE and RTM of Intel Haswell and future AMD CPUs) bring to locking mechanisms that are used in modern multithreaded operating systems and applications.

We have published an article on TSX of different CPU architectures: TSX and Memory Transaction Throughputs.

BenchSystem

Updated Overall Score benchmark for complete system performance evaluation
12 benchmarks to fully evaluate computer performance

While each benchmark measures the performance of a specific device (CPU, Memory, (GP)GPU, Storage, etc.), there is a real need for a benchmark to evaluate the overall computer performance: this new benchmark is a weighted average of the individual scores of the existing benchmarks:

  • Native CPU Arithmetic, Cryptographic [new] and Multi-Media (SIMD): measures native processor performance
  • .Net/Java Arithmetic, Cryptographic [new] and Multi-Media (vectorised): measures software virtual machine performance (e.g. for .Net WPF/Silverlight/METRO applications)
  • Memory and Cache Bandwidth and Latency [new]: measures memory and caches performance
  • File System/Storage Bandwidth and I/O [new]: measures storage performance
  • GP (General Processing) / HC (Heterogonous Compute) (GPU/APU) Arithmetic, Cryptographic and Bandwidth: measures (GP)GPU/APU performance
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BenchGpuMem

Memory Latency benchmark: code/instruction cache latencies
2 memory types, 3 access patterns

Modern processors have dedicated cache sub-systems (e.g. L1I, L2I) to handle code/instructions that, while just as important as data caches, are not assessed by most benchmarks.

Sandra 2013 adds a brand new benchmark using its 3 dedicated access patterns (“in-page” thus avoiding “out-of-page” latencies, “full random” and “linear/sequential”) to fully test code caches performance.

We have published an article on the cache latencies of current CPU architectures: Measuring Cache and Memory Latency (access patters, paging and TLBs).

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Brand new style for Windows 8

Windows 8 has its own style (ex-Metro) that it shares with Windows Phone 7/8. Love it or hate it, it is here to stay. We have also provided Windows 7, Vista and XP users with an updated, modern style:

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CmdBuy

Price Engine: invaluable

Why? The Price engine enhances the user’s experience by providing product pictures and additional specifications – as well as the the latest price. It enables the calculation of important metrics like Performance vs. Price and Capacity vs. Price (for storage media) which are extremely useful when making comparisons. All this is done automatically rather than manually searching for pricing, a great time saver.

Key features of Sandra 2013

  • 3 native architectures support (x86, x64, ARM).
  • Huge official hardware support through technology partners (Intel, AMD/ATI, SiS, VIA).
  • 5 native virtualisation technologies support (Virtual PC 7, Virtual Server 2005, Hyper-V Server, VMware Server/ESX, VMware WorkStation/Player)
  • 3 native (GP)GPU/APU platforms support (OpenCL, DirectX Compute Shader, CUDA).
  • 4 native Graphics platforms support (DirectX 11.x, DirectX 10.x, DirectX 9, OpenGL 2.0+).
  • 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)

Relevant Articles

For more details, please see the following articles:

Purchasing

For more details, and to purchase the commercial versions, please click here.

Updating or Upgrading

To update your existing commercial version, please click here.

Downloading

For more details, and to download the Lite (Evaluation) version, please click here.

Reviewers and Editors

For your free review copies, please contact us.

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. Nearly 700 worldwide IT publications, magazines and review sites use SANDRA to analyse the performance of today’s computers. Over 9,000 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, DirectCompute, x64, ARM, MIPS, NUMA, SMT (Hyper-Threading), SMP (multi-threading), AVX3, AVX2, AVX, FMA4, FMA, NEON, SSE4.2, SSE4.1, SSSE3, SSE3, SSE2, SSE, Java and .NET.

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