|ASRock Core-100HT Intel i3-330M HTPC|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Notebook | Compact PC|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 01 July 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 Motion Design. 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
TEST SUMMARY: Cinebench does an good job of translating CPU processing power into graphics power, and illustrating the differences between components. The dual-core 1.6GHz Atom 330 (ASRock ION 330) and 1.3GHz Intel Pentium SU4100 (HP Pavilion DM3-1044NR) appear to function similarly in the CPU Multi-Core benchmark test, but the Intel Core i3-330M (ASRock Core 100HT) obliterates them both with 137~240% boost in performance over the competition.
The unfortunate news here is that the Cinebench OpenGL tests failed on the Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (HP Pavilion DM3-1044NR), but there were still two results to compare. The ASRock ION 330 scored 4.67, beating the ASRock Core 100HT's Intel GMA HD score of 1.17 by nearly 300%. This reverses results in PCMark Vantage, and creates even more doubt that the ASRock Core 100HT HTPC can handle 3D gaming... but the next few tests will settle this point.