Cinebench 9.5 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 tool suite used by 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).
We had a four-way tie for second place in the single-threaded Cinebench test between the new Athlon 64 X2 6000+, FX-74, Core 2 Duo E6700, and Core 2 Extreme QX6700 processors. The first place position in the single-threaded test was reserved for the Core 2 Extreme X6800. The quad-core platforms put up the best scores in the multi-threaded tests, however.
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 had the new Athlon 64 X2 6000+ finishing just ahead of the FX-62, but behind the rest of the competition. Because this is a multi-threaded benchmarks the quad-core offerings put up the best scores, followed for the Core 2 Duo E6700 and Core 2 Extreme X6800.