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Cinebench R10 and 3DMark06

Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others.  It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R10
3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

The Intel Core 2 processors dominated in both the single and multi-threaded version of the Cinebench benchmark. Even at 2.66GHz, the Core 2 Q9400 is able to outperform the 3.1GHz Phenom II X2 550 BE.

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.  This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance.  Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering.  The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.

Neither of AMD's new dual-core processors could quite keep pace with the similarly clocked E6850 in 3DMark06, and the Q9400 once again pull ahead of the rest of the pack. We've included the Intel scores as a frame of reference only, however. Remember, these particular chips are more expensive than AMD's offerings.

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