Asus P5W DH Deluxe, 975X Core 2 Duo Ready Motherboard
Cinebench and 3DMark06
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).
The trend continues, as the Asus and Intel boards take on the Athlon/nForce 590 combination with relative ease, and between each other, there is hardly a gap to measure
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 dependant 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.
Similar to what we saw in our PCMark05 tests, the P5W DH's slightly goosed up stock CPU speeds allow it to edge out the D975XBX from Intel in 3DMark06's CPU test. Also, the Core 2 Duo E6700 shows approximately 17% advantage over the Athlon 64 5000+.