Haswell-E: The Intel Core i7-5960X 8-core Processor Review
Media Encoding Tests
Known mainly for its DVD re-encoding prowess, our test uses the Handbrake command line interface on a full DVD rip to gauge CPU performance.
x264 HD Benchmark
The popular x264 benchmark available from graysky does a two-pass H.264 encode on 1080p video. The first pass appears to be more clock-sensitive while the second pass is more heavily threaded.
The second pass of our x264 encoding test shows its more highly threaded nature, giving the 5960X a larger performance lead than the first. Though in round 1 we only saw a 12% advantage for the Haswell-E processors over the Ivy Bridge-E, that expands to 30% in the second pass.