Haswell-E: The Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core Processor Review
Compression and Encryption
I decided to replace the WinRAR test with a more repeatable and threaded application – 7-Zip.
TrueCrypt is one of the most popular pieces of software for disk encryption and it includes a handy benchmark mode to test the capabilities of your processor. Keep in mind that many modern CPUs include AES acceleration which is used throughout TrueCrypt.
Intel's encryption acceleration continues to work wonders, and the Core i7-5960X is able to post a score of 7.8 GB/s which is nearly 40% faster than any other CPU to date in raw AES decryption. Even looking at an average of the other encryption algorithms and methods, the new flagship is 25% faster than the next competitor.