Cinebench & 3DMark06: CPU
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).
Cinebench tells essentially the same story as our custom LAME MT benchmark, which is to say there is virtually no difference in performance between the various platform tested.
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, which 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.
The P965 powered P5B Deluxe and nForce 570 powered P5NSLI posted the two highest scores in the 3DMark06 CPU benchmark, but again, the deltas were quite small. So small in fact, that they fall well within the margin of error in this test.