Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D
from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by
animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's
very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure
This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a
photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by
AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all
available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able
to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.
In this particular benchmark the ASUS board scored below all the rest of the Z97 boards when running in its "normal" state. It scored very similarly to a Z77 board in fact. However, just for science we also tested it in its "optimized" state that allows the CPU to overclock, and in that state it was the fastest Z97 board we've ever seen by a small margin, scoring 1.9 in the single-thread test and 9 in the multi-threaded test.
POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision
Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D
graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and
'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines, and recorded
the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second
throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.
In this CPU-dependent benchmark the ASUS board finished just one tick ahead of its competitors when running the multi-threaded test, and was neck-and-neck with all of them in single-threaded mode. Like in the previous test we ran the board using its one-click "optimized" mode and was far and away the fastest Z97 board we've tested, but it's likely due to the fact that the ASUS software was able to overclock the board all the way up to 4.6GHz.