Digital Storm Custom Core i7 Gaming System

Cinebench Rendering and LAME MP3 Encoding

Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Maxon's Cinema 4D, a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and others. This benchmark is very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

 Cinebench R10
 3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. Each test system’s final scores to render the scene are represented below.

** Please Note:  The Velocity Micro and Digital Storm systems in this test are running 64-bit Windows Vista installations and the 64-bit version of this test, as that is how they were configured from their respective factories.  The other Core i7 reference systems are running Windows Vista 32-bit and the 32-bit version of the benchmark.

This specific benchmark scales very linearly with both raw processor throughput as well as memory bandwidth.  As such, the Digital Storm 950Si at 3.79GHz for its Core i7 processor, drops in as expected, a notch above the overclocked Velocity Micro system, that is also running the 64-bit version of the test.  In fact, the highly overclocked Digital Storm system is some 23% faster with its roughly 29% clock speed advantage.  This is also a good example of an application that benefits from a 64-bit operating system environment and a 64-bit application workload distribution, though the actual workload itself is identical between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the test.

 Audio Encoding

In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format. This simulates a common scenario that many of us users work with on a regular basis to provide portability and storage of digital audio content. LAME is an open-source, mid- to high- bit-rate and VBR (variable bit rate) MP3 audio encoder that is widely used around the world in a multitude of third party applications.

In this benchmark, we've created our own 223MB WAV file and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-threaded modes. Processing times are recorded below, listed in seconds. Shorter times equate to better performance.

Our custom Lame MT test shows more of the same performance scaling, only this time more so in line with pure processor clock speed.  The Digital Storm system's 590MHz clock speed advantage over the Core i7 965 reference test system, allows it to shave a few of seconds off the encoding time, especially in multi-threaded mode.

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