|X79 Express Motherboard Performance Comparison|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 23 November 2011|
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Blender Benchmark Results
Blender is an open-source, free content creation suite of 3D modeling, rendering, and animation capabilities. Originally released in 2002, it's available in versions for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and several Unix distributions. It supports rigid and soft-body objects and can handle the draping and animation of cloth, as well as the rendering and animation of smoke, water, and general particle handling.
Our Blender test renders multiple frames of an animation of a rotating chunk of ice, with translucency and reflections. Rendering of this model uses ray-tracing algorithms and the program reports the rendering time for each of the animation's 25 frames. The results are a summation of the rendering times for all frames and the lower the score, the better.
Blender is limited to a maximum of 8 threads, and so cannot make full use of the 12 threads that the Core i7-3960X can dispatch. Overclocking boosts the P9X79's score by 16% and the Sabertooth's score by 23%.
POV-Ray Benchmark Results
The Persistence of Vision ray tracer is a free, open source 3D modeling program that uses ray-tracing algorithms to generate realistic three dimensional images. Ray tracing is very computationally intensive, and the POV-Ray program has a handy built-in benchmark to let you check the performance of your system.
Both ASUS boards beat the Intel DX79SI by 7%. The odd result here is that while the P9X79 Deluxe's overclock improves its score by 12%, the Sabertooth's higher overclock doesn't improve its score at all.