AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Processor
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.
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 could render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.
Clock for clock, its clear that the Intel-powered rigs have a distinct advantage in this test. The Phenom IIs perform well though, and again we see the Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition outrun the other AMD processors.
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.
The Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition performs very well in the 3DMark06 CPU benchmark, but it couldn't catch the similarly clocked Core 2 Extreme; the Core i7 only increases Intel's lead here.