975X Express Motherboard Round-Up: Foxconn, Abit, and MSI
Cinebench and 3DMark06:CPU
The Cinebench 9.5 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. Cinema 4D from Maxon is a 3D Rendering and Animation tools suite used by many 3D Animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. And of course it's very demanding of system processor resources.
This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The time it took each test system to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below (listed in seconds).
Single- and multi-threaded testing with Cinebench resulted in another tight race. In the single-threaded test, MSI's board took the lead by one second, but in the multi-threaded test, Abit's board outpaced the others, also by one second.
3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance. This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.
3DMark06's CPU performance module didn't reveal anything extraordinary. Once again, all of the 975X Express based motherboards performed within a few points of each other. In this test though, Foxconn came out on top, followed by Abit, and then MSI. The scores are so similar though, they fall well within the margin of error in this test.