POV-Ray and Kribibench
POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is a top-notch open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard included benchmarking model on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. We shoudl also note that we used the latest 64-bit beta build of the program. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput.
POV Ray Performance Details: www.povray.org
The POV-Ray 'all cpu' rendering benchmark had the new Phenoms crushing all of the dual-core offerings, regardless of clock speed. But the rest of the quad-core configurations all finished well out in front, including the Core 2 Quad Q6600, which as we've already noted, is clocked at the same 2.4GHz as the Phenom 9700.
For this next batch of tests, we ran Kribibench v1.1, a 3D rendering benchmark produced by the folks at Adept Development. Kribibench is an SSE aware software renderer where a 3D model is rendered and animated by the host CPU and the average frame rate is reported.
We used two of the included models with this benchmark: a "Sponge Explode" model consisting of over 19.2 million polygons and the test suite's "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polys.
The results from the two Kribibench tests we ran essentially mirror those of POV-Ray. The Phenoms are able to significantly outpace all of the dual-core configurations regardless of clock speed and they even pull ahead of the QuadFX system, but Intel's quad-core processrs at any frequency are too much to handle.