|Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 Motherboard: P55 vs X58|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 24 September 2009|
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Maxon CINEBENCH Results
Cinebench is a real-world test suite that assesses the computer's performance capabilities. 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. Maxon software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.
Maxon Cinebench runs several tests on your computer to measure the performance of the main processor and the graphics card under real world circumstances. The benchmark application makes use of up to 16 CPUs or CPU cores and is available for Windows (32-bit and 64-Bit) and Macintosh (PPC and Intel-based). The resulting values among different operating systems are 100% comparable and therefore very useful with regard to purchasing decision-making. It can also be used as a marketing tool for hardware vendors or simply to compare hardware among colleagues or friends.
The OpenGL 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 at the 800x580 resolution. Essentially, the Cinebench test removes the system hardware from the scoring influence, and centers the results around the GPU.
Using processor-only graphics computation, and ignoring the installed GeForce GTX 285 video card, Cinebench R10 delivered very interesting results. The Lynnfield Core i7-860 on Gigabyte's P55 motherboard outperforms the other systems, including the Nehalem Core i7-920 on X58, earning a 12% lead in single-core CPU tests but later gets reduced to only 1% when multi-core CPU tests are completed.
At the end of our synthetic CPU tests, the Gigabyte GA-P55-UD6 paired with a 2.80GHz i7-860 maintains a healthy lead over the X58-Express 'enthusiast' chipset equipped with a 2.66GHz i7-920. Now let's see how much of a difference P55 makes over X58 when it comes to gaming performance.