Pointer Performance Test
Some quick and dirty C# code to evaluate the performance difference between normal array access in managed code and unsafe pointer access.
Results from a build run outside of visual studio, using an Any CPU | Release build on the following pc specification: x64-based pc, 1 quad-core processor intel64 family 6 model 23 stepping 10 genuineintel ~2833 mhz linear array access 00:00:07.1053664 for normal 00:00:07.1197401 for unsafe linear array access - with pointer increment 00:00:07.1174493 for normal 00:00:10.0015947 for unsafe (*p++) random array access 00:00:42.5559436 for normal 00:00:40.5632554 for unsafe random array access using parallel.for(), with 4 processors 00:00:10.6896303 for normal 00:00:10.1858376 for unsafe
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