Cinebench 3D Rendering
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. 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 ran two sets of numbers, one in single-thread mode, and another in the benchmark's multithread mode for our Hyper-Threading-enabled P4 test systems. Athlon 64s are only capable of running the single thread test, hence their are no multi-cpu scores represented in the graph below.
In single-threaded mode the Athlon 64 nForce 4 based system took gold by a small margin of 1.7 seconds. However, with HyperThreading enabled, the P4 systems have a sizable advantage. It will be interesting to see how AMD's upcoming Dual Core CPUs fare against a Pentium 840 chip in this test. More on that soon in the weeks ahead. Beyond that, in this test it was too close to call as all of our Pentium 4 scores ended up within tenths of a second of each other, with no real significant performance variance between any of the motherboards we tested.