|ASRock AOD790GX/128M AM2+ Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Bruce Normann - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 10 March 2009|
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CINEBENCH 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 can easily see the higher efficiency of the Intel CPU core. The 1 CPU benchmark is owned by the single Core2 Duo processor. Once all available cores are in the fight, the X3 wins again by 19%. I remember when the triple core Phenom was first being talked about and half the people said, "That's just dumb..." Well, the proof is staring us in the face now, and it doesn't look all that dumb to me.
In the OpenGL test, the GA-EP45-UD3P and AOD790GX/128 and their partner CPUs come to somewhat of a truce. A 1% improvement is not statistically significant. The 2.5% gain by upping the CPU multiplier from 16 to 16.5 on the AOD790GX/128M is real, though.
Let's look now at one of the most demanding benchmark application, a program that stresses all elements of the system: Crysis.