|AMD Athlon-II X4-640 CPU ADX640WFGMBOX|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Friday, 02 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. 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.
Its readily apparent that the single core tests are right in line with the actual processer clock speed. The scores consistently reflect that throughout all of the Athlon-II processors. The i7-920, at 2.66GHz, doesn't follow that same trend, but we are focusing on the Athlon-II X4-640 and the other AMD processors here. When the Cinebench suite focuses on multi-core functionality, a good representation of their differences becomes apparent. At stock speeds, the Cinebench performance increase from the $35 more expensive X4-640 processor is right in line with the previous PCMark Vantage tests, at 29%. When overclocked, the two processors again follow the trend set by PCMark with the X4-640 outperforming the X3-445 by 30%. Again, these consistent results lend credit to the testing procedures used by both test suites.