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3DMark06 CPU and 3DMark Vantage CPU

3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems.

Futuremark 3DMark06 CPU Testing
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This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.

Here again the three X58 boards we tested all clock in at about the same score with small only variances between them. 

Futuremark 3DMark Vantage CPU Testing
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3DMark Vantage's CPU Test 2 is a multi-threaded test designed for comparing relative game physics processing performance between systems. This test consists of a single scene that features an air race of sorts, with a complex configuration of gates. There are aircraft in the test that trail smoke and collide with various cloth and soft-body obstacles, each other, and the ground. The smoke spreads and reacts to the planes as they pass through it as well, and all of this is calculated on the host CPU.

The follow-on to 3DMark06, 3DMark Vantage, shows similar results in its CPU test module.  Regardless, amongst the X58-based board we tested, there is less than a 1% differential between the fastest score recorded and the slowest score.  On this test the Intel board pulled up the rear but not by much. 

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