Asus P5WDG2-WS and P5WD2-E Premium - 975X Motherboard Showcase
Cinebench & 3DMark05: 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).
All of the Intel powered rigs were evenly matched in the Cinebench benchmark. Only a fraction of a second separated the "fastest" and "slowest" Intel based systems in both the single- and multi-threaded tests. The AMD based system was clearly fastest in the single-threaded test though. However, in the multi-threaded test, the Intel rigs were slightly faster.
3DMark05'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.
The performance trend we noted earlier, reemerged with 3DMark's CPU performance test. Here, the Asus P5WD2-E Premium was technically the best performer in the group, followed closely behind by its workstation-class counterpart, and then the Intel-built D975XBX. There was a less than 100 point delta separating the top three finishers in this test though, which translates to a less than 2% difference.