|AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T Black Edition Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 27 April 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 uses 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. The OpenGL graphics card testing procedure uses a complex 3D scene depicting a car chase with which the performance of your graphics card in OpenGL mode is measured. During the benchmark tests the graphics card is evaluated by way of displaying an intricate scene that includes complex geometry, high-resolution textures, and a variety of effects to evaluate the performance across a variety of real-world scenarios.
The OpenGL tests in Cinebench force processor-first graphics computation before offloading work to the available video card. Cinebench R11.5 reveals performance results illustrated in the chart below:
Cinebench R11.5 Processor Benchmark Results
Single-core CPU performance offers a per-core baseline reference in Cinebench R11.5, and the speed differences between processors in our test group illustrate the separation. These differences are amplified as the CPU multi-core tests are conducted, producing 3.87 points for the 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-920 processor compared to 3.03 points for the 3.4GHz AMD Phenom-II X4-965. Intel's 3.33GHz Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU leads the group with a combined score of 8.28, while the stock and overclocked AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T produce 4.69 and 5.87 respectively.
In the Cinebench OpenGL tests, a Radeon 5870 is paired to the 2.66GHz Intel Core i7-920 to produce 56.34 FPS while the 3.4GHz AMD Phenom-II X4-965 generates 58.88 FPS. Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor produces the highest score of 67.06 FPS, but an overclocked AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T nearly matches performance with 66.75 FPS.
Looking at performance from a cost-value standpoint, there's a lot more to be learned. Presuming a $300 MSRP, the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T costs $63.97 per point or multi-core performance and $5.06 per frame of OpenGL performance. Compare this to the $72.35 per point and $4.97 per OpenGL frame for the Intel Core i7-920. The AMD X4-965 costs $61.39 per point, and $3.16 per OpenGL frame. Finally, the Intel Core i7-980X costs $138.89 per multi-core point and $17.14 per OpenGL frame. By this measure, the AMD Phenom-II X6-1090T and X4-965 both offer better 'bang for the buck'.