Cinebench R10 and LAME
The following benchmarks measure raw processor throughput along with memory bandwidth. Both Cinebench and LAME show performance scaling as CPU speed increases and also gives single vs multi threaded scores.
Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput. Cinebench is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system could render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.
The Gamer Extreme 3000 was able to hang with the big dogs as its 2.8GHz Core i7 860 beat out the stock 2.66 Core i7 920 inside the AVA Direct GT3. Although it trailed both iBuyPower and Digital Storm's offerings in multi threaded tests, CyberPowerPC's rig actually surpassed iBuyPower's Gamer Paladin F970 in the single threaded benchmark.
The processing power of the Gamer Extreme continues to shine as it stays competitive in our LAME MP3 encoding test. In fact, it trailed the more expensive Digital Storm and iBuyPower systems by only a couple of seconds while besting AVA Direct's build by a large margin.