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Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme Cinebench And PCMark 8 Benchmarks

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 computational throughput. 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, along with results from Cinebench's built-in OpenGL benchmark.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Cinebench

Cinebench is an unforgiving benchmark that evaluates systems based on their ability to perform workstation-class grunt work, so scoring a top spot in OpenGL testing here is a great showing for the Latitude 12 Rugged. It also performed well in the CPU portion of this benchmark—not enough to claim pole position, but it's right up there along with other similarly configured laptops.

Futuremark PCMark 8 v2
Full System Benchmark
PCMark 8 v2 is the latest version in Futuremark’s series of popular PC benchmarking tools. It is designed to test the performance of all types of systems, from tablets to desktops. PCMark 8 offers five separate benchmark tests to help consumers find devices that offer the perfect combination of efficiency and performance for their particular use case. This latest version of the suite improves the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks with new tests using popular open source applications for image processing, video editing and spreadsheets. A wide variety of workloads have also been added to the Work benchmark to better reflect the way PCs are used in enterprise environments. Though this is technically a "synthetic" benchmark, PCMark's trace-based workloads utilize real-world software and performance measurements.

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged PCMark 8

PCMark 8 also placed the Latitude 12 Rugged as the winner among its peers in both the Work Accelerated and Home Accelerated benchmarks, along with a respectable Storage score. That may seem a bit surprising, though there are two reasons for the strong showing here. One is that the Core i7-6600U processor in the Latitude 12 Rugged is among the fastest in our lineup of comparison systems. And secondly, we've found that PCMark 8 gives an advantage to lower resolution setups. We normally run PCMark at 1920x1080, but the Dell Latitude 12 Rugged tops out at 1366x768.

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