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CINEBENCH Release 10 Tests
MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON's award-winning animation software, CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. The test procedure consists of two main components: The first two test sequences are dedicated to the computer's main processor and memory, using a 3D scene file to render a photo-realistic image. The scene makes use of various CPU-intensive features such as reflection, ambient occlusion, area lights and procedural shaders. The predefined benchmark included with the software reports the rendering scores for both a single core (1 CPU) and for all cores (X CPUs).
The third test measures graphics card performance and is run inside the 3D editor window. The project file used can test all graphics cards that support the OpenGL standard. In this scene, only the camera was animated. This scene places medium to low demands on graphics cards and tests the maximum speed with which the scene can be properly displayed.
Here we start to see some gaps open up between the systems. For the rendering portion of the tests, the two 3.6GHz configurations are neck and neck; actually the P35 system pulls ahead by the narrowest of margins. I averaged the results of 5 runs in each case, because there was some variation from run to run. Honestly, the difference between them is probably within the range of experimental error. The ability to run the Intel E7300 easily at 3.8GHz with the GA-EP45-UD3P did show up clearly with all of the tests within this suite.
In the OpenGL test, the GA-EP45-UD3P finally gained a measurable advantage in an apples-to-apples comparison at 3.6GHz processor speed. A 2% improvement may not be enough to convince anyone to pay extra for a P45, but it is a real and consistent improvement. Of course, the 3.8GHz test gives a nearly 10% improvement, and that's why you buy the latest board, with the latest BIOS, that allows you to get the most from your other components.
Let's look now at one of the most demanding benchmark application, a program that stresses all elements of the system: Crysis.