|ASUS Sabertooth X79 TUF Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by Olin Coles & David Ramsey|
|Sunday, 13 November 2011|
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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 photo-realistic 3D scene, "No Keyframes", the viral animation by AixSponza. This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores, and all 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.
For the multi-core rendering test, we again see a nice linear performance progression. As we've seen before, the 2600K's four real and four virtual (courtesy of Hyper-Threading) cores beat the FX-8150's eight real cores in testing, and the six real and six virtual cores of the 980X and 3960X do even better. It used to be that CINEBENCH multi-core rendering scores above 10 were the province of multi-CPU servers....not any more.
The single core rendering test sheds light on these results: we can see that AMD's core performance is approaching the Intel core performance...of their last-generation CPU. The Sandy Bridge cores are almost 50% faster.
Let's take a look at some CPU-limited gaming results in the next section.