Sandra Platinum (2017) SP1a – more AVX512

Update Wizard

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

A new article showing the improvement AVX512 brings to the latest CPUs:

Intel i9-7900X (SKL-X) AVX512 Performance.

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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Sandra Platinum (2017) SP1

We are pleased to announce SP1 (Service Pack 1 – version 24.27) for Sandra Platinum (2017) with updated hardware support and benchmark optimisations:

Sandra Platinum (2017) Press Release

  • Updated hardware support to including:
    • Intel HEDT/Workstation/Server Skylake-X/Kabylake-X
    • Intel Core Cofeelake
    • AMD HEDT/Workstation/Server Threadripper
    • Updated DDR4, NVMem (non-volatile), PMem (persistent) memory support
  • Updated CPU benchmarks including:
    • Updated AVX512 benchmarks (Multi-Media, Cryptography/Hashing, Memory & Cache Bandwidth)
    • Further benchmarks will be updated to AVX512 in due course
  • Benchmark Fixes
    • Fix: CPU Power Management Efficiency benchmark running with more than 16 threads.
    • Fix: SGEMM AVX2/FMA running with non-power of 2 threads
    • Fix: Database AVX512 scores would not be entered

New hardware reviews with Sandra Platinum (2017) SP1:

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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Sandra 2016 SP4 and 2017 RTMc

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We are pleased to announce two updates: SP4 for Sandra 2016 and RTMc for Sandra 2017, both with updated fixes and optimisations.

Sandra 2017 Press Release

Sandra 2016 Press Release

  • Updated hardware support to current Sandra 2017 standard including:
    • AMD Ryzen (and future arch)
    • Intel Core KabyLake (and future arch)
    • Intel Atom ApolloLake (and future arch).
  • Windows 7 software fixes: failure to launch if TPM2 update not installed.
  • Updated CPU benchmarks to current Sandra 2017 standard including:
    • Updated AVX512 benchmarks (Multi-Media, Hashing, Memory Bandwidth)
    • Crash in SSE2/SSE4 FFT benchmarks on Atom CPUs
    • OpenCL: optimisations for image processing, especially relating to FP16/half processing
    • DX ComputeShader: fixes for image processing enabling both FP32 and FP16 performance.
    • Cryptography: CUDA, OpenCL, DX CS: replaced with random data which reduces cache locality and thus performance especially on APUs. AES performance has thus reduced by up to 50-70%.

Commercial version customers can download the free updates from their software distributor; Lite users please download from your favourite download site.

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SiSoftware Sandra Platinum updated to RTMa

We are updating Sandra Platinum (2017) to RTMa (version 24.18) with a few important fixes and optimizations. Please update to this version as soon as applicable.

Sandra 2017 Press Release

* Windows 7/Server 2008 R2: failure to launch due to missing TPM support.

If the BitLocker/TPM2 update was not installed and TPM support were missing Sandra would fail to launch.

* AMD Ryzen: updated support and fixes.

Better detection and information through further testing.

* Intel Atom Braswell and later: multiplier detection issues.

Benchmarks would fail to validate due to incorrect values.

– CPU Scientific: crash using the SSE2/3 FFT implementation on Atom CPUs.

* GPGPU: optimisations and fixes.

– OpenCL: optimisations for image processing, especially relating to FP16/half processing:

FP16 GPGPU Image Processing Performance & Quality

– DX ComputeShader: fixes for image processing enabling both FP32 and FP16 performance.

* GPGPU: test data randomised.

– Cryptography: CUDA, OpenCL, DX CS: replaced with random data which reduces cache locality and thus performance especially on APUs. AES performance has thus reduced by up to 50-70%.

Using randomised/high-entropy data is meant to improve the “fairness” of the benchmarks preventing “best-case” scenarios where results may be better than expected. While hardware may thus perform better given low-entropy data – that is preferable to the previous results.

* Benchmark Results Ranker: old results (pre Sandra 2014) removed.

– The reference/aggregated results have been updated with newer 2017 results given higher weight.

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SiSoftware Sandra Platinum (2017) Released!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Press Office

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

Updates: RTMa, RTMc, SP1, SP1a.

Articles & Benchmarks: AMD Ryzen CPU Performance, AMD Ryzen Cache and Memory Performance; Intel Graphics GPGPU Performance, FP16 GPGPU Image Processing Performance & Quality; Intel Core i9 (SKL-X) CPU Performance, Intel Core i9 (SKL-X) Cache & Memory Performance.

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 (Acrylic).

We have added hardware support and optimisations for brand-new CPU architectures (AMD Ryzen/Threadripper, 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 (Acrylic)

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

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Benchmarks

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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 (AVX512, AVX2/FMA3, AVX, SSE4, SSSE3, 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, Threadripper architecture support, future AVX512-supporting hardware support (SKL-X, KBL-X, Cofeelake, etc.).
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/FMA3, AVX, SSE4, 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 10+, 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:

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Downloading

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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.

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SP3 for Sandra 2016 Released!

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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!

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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!

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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.