More as of a server oriented task but still important, we fired up OpenSSL on the two Mac systems to look at the RSA 4096-bit signing performance. The OpenSSL performance was effectively the same across all tested configurations.
Through the BYTE Unix Benchmark we looked at several different areas including Dhrystone 2, Register Arithmetic, Integer Arithmetic, and Float-Point Arithmetic. A dramatic boost could be found in the Dhrystone 2 performance numbers, while the arithmetic tests were not nearly as high.
Like our BYTE tests, under SciMark 2.0 we looked at the Fast Fourier Transform, Monte Carlo, and Sparse Matrix Multiplication performance. There is not much to talk about with the FFT performance, but both the Monte Carlo and Sparse Matrix Multiply tests had yielded nice gains for Snow Leopard.