Abit AW8-MAX i955X Motherboard
Cinebench 2003 and 3DMark05 Results
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. 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).
We've only got single-CPU threaded results for Cinebench, but they probably tell the story well enough. These two boards are running at similar levels, with the Abit AW8-MAX just nipping the Asus P5WD2 by 0.2 seconds in 3D image rendering.
3DMark05'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, which is dependant 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 is used to determine the final score.
We've got opposite results in 3DMark05, where the P5WD2 held an ever so slight advantage. This kind of similarity really should be expected, as we're basically using same components in both systems. Had we left the Abit AW8-MAX at the default FSB speed it was set at, the results would have been completely skewed in Abit's favor.