|AMD Phenom-II X6-1100T CPU HDE00ZFBRBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 07 December 2010|
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CINEBENCH R11.5 Benchmarks
Maxon CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses the computer's performance capabilities. 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. CINEBENCH Release 11.5 includes the ability to more accurately test the industry's latest hardware, including systems with up to 64 processor threads, and the testing environment better reflects the expectations of today's production demands. A more streamlined interface makes testing systems and reading results incredibly straightforward.
The CINEBENCH R11.5 test scenario comprises three tests: an OpenGL-based test that models a simple car chase, and single-core and multi-core versions of a CPU-bound computation using all of a system's processing power to render a photorealistic 3D scene, "No Keyframes", the viral animation by AixSponza. This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores, and all the rendering is performed by the CPU: the graphics card is not involved except as a display device. The multi-core version of the rendering benchmark uses as many cores as the processor has, including the "virtual cores" in processors that support Hyper-Threading. The resulting "CineMark" is a dimensionless number only useful for comparisons with results generated from the same version of CINEBENCH.
First, let's look at the OpenGL results.
Here we see a surprisingly even progression up the processor scale, with the AMD processors overall doing better (although not dramatically so) than the Intel processors. Of course, the processor plays a relatively minor role in this test, with the graphics card shouldering the bulk of the work.
In the single-core rendering test, the Intel 980X takes the lead with a score 7.4% better than the second-place overclocked Phenom-II X6-1100T. The standard-clocked 1100T gets third place, while the rest of the crowd brings up the rear with very small differences in the score. Readers may be surprised to see the overclocked 1100T turning in such a small improvement over its stock-clocked score, but recall that since this is a single-core test, the CPU can throttle itself up to 3.7GHz. Still, the difference between all of the CPUs tested remains small.
Things change with the multi-core test: the mighty 980X's ability to spawn 12 threads puts it solidly in the lead with a score 22% higher than the second-place overclocked 1100T. The other six-core AMD processors come in next, followed by the four-core Intel CPUs and the AMD 965BE. Let's see how things look on a "Dollars per CineMark" basis, based on current Newegg prices:
The AMD 965 Black Edition wins the "dollars per CineMark" comparison for single-core performance, while the AMD Phenom-II X6-1075T wins in multi-core performance value. The Intel Core i7-980x's score is 22% higher than that of the overclocked 1100T, but it comes at more than double the "cost per CineMark."