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.
Cinebench is a perfect example of how HyperThreading can boost CPU performance over and above a frequency increase. Granted, the Core i5-750's four cores at 3.8GHz are almost as fast as the HyperThreaded Core i7's, but the Core i7 may well be the more power-efficient of the two. We do, ironically, see a limitation of HT technology—if we're talking about single-threaded code, there's no substitute for clock. Here, the Core i5 leads its closest competitor by 7.2 percent.