The Russian Elbrus-8SV CPU takes its first steps as a gaming CPU
Today we come across the tests benchmarks of the Russian CPU Elbrus-8SV in regards to the gaming section. It must be remembered that, like China, Russia seeks technological independence. Elbrus is one of the CPUs leading this independence hand in hand with the SPARC Moscow Technology Center (MCST). Another of the most popular CPUs are the Baikal.
This processor is manufactured under a very mature manufacturing process of 28nm. Inside, it shelters a total of 8 cores at a frequency of 1.30GHz. These are accompanied by 16MB L3 cache shared. We continue with a memory controller 2400MHz DDR4 in a 4-channel configuration accepting a bandwidth of up to 68.3Gbps. All this results in a CPU that offers a performance of 576 GFLOPs in single precision, and 288 GFLOPs in double precision.
The Elbrus-8SV CPU is not powerful, but they don’t have anything else
It is evident that we are facing CPUs that are light years away from what AMD or Intel can offer. It should be remembered that both companies have banned shipments of their products to Russia. Given this, however underpowered these Russian CPUs may be, such as the Elbrus-8SV, this is better than nothing. In essence, these CPUs are being used from a consumer computer, even in the country’s ATMs because they do not have anything else to give them life.
Thanks to a Russian YouTuber ‘Elbrus PC Play’, we can see this CPU in action. Of course, its performance is impossible to compare with other systems. Although it is accompanied by a graphics card AMD Radeon RX 580, a Russian operating system was used for testing. That is why it is impossible to make any comparison with other more “common” hardware. Not to mention that these games themselves will not be perfectly optimized for said software, let alone for a CPU of Russian origin.
First gaming performance tests on a Russian CPU
More to the point, the Elbrus-8SV CPU was accompanied by the Radeon RX 580 along with 32 GB of DDR4 ECC RAM. The operating system used for the tests was the Elbrus OS 7.1based on Linux 5.4.
One of the games tested was The Dark Moda mod for DOOM 3 released in 2009. This game shows very erratic performance, moving between the 20 and 60FPS.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowindpopular title but also very old, launched in 2002. Here the same thing happens, seeing how in some area the game moves on the 30 and 60FPS outdoors and over 100FPS indoors, getting to overcome the barrier of 200FPS depending on where you look.
Another more modern game, but very dependent on the CPU, CS:GOwas also not playable, as the performance moved between the 20 and 40 FPS with drops that were close to 15 FPS, and other moments where it reached 80FPS.
It is clearly not comparable to any modern AMD or Intel CPU, but you also have to find that it is also an obsolete chip. The most advanced is Elbrus-16Cmanufactured at 16nm with 16 cores running at 2.00 GHz. this one promises almost triple the performance of the previously seen model. The YouTuber asked for donations in his original video stating that he was saving up to buy this CPU, or its 8-core variant. If it succeeds, we will see new tests in the future.