Cinebench 9.5 and 3DMark06: CPU
The Cinebench 2003 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).
The QuadFX systems performed very well in the Cinebench 9.5 benchmark. In the single-threaded test, the FX-74s hung right alongside the QX6700 and E6700; only the Core 2 Extreme X6800 was faster. In the multi-threaded test only 1 second separated the QX6700 and FX-74 rigs. Once again, this is due to better scaling on the Intel platform. Whereas the QX6700 was 42.3% faster than the E6700 here in the MT test, the FX-72 was 39.3% faster than the FX-62.
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 multi-threaded CPU performance test had all of the QuadFX-based systems finishing well ahead of any dual-core system, but once again the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 took the top spot outpacing the QuadFX FX-74 by 368 points. The Intel platform also scaled better - a 69% increase for the QX6700, 56% increase for the QuadFX FX-72.