Enter The Dragon: AMD Phenom II X4 940

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Cinebench R10 and POV-Ray

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 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. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

Our results with the Cinebench R10 benchmark tell much of the same story.  The new Phenom II X4 processors clearly outperform their AMD-built predecessors, but they can't quite catch the Core 2 or Core i7s in either the single or multi-threaded tests. 

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is a top-notch open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'all-CPU' benchmarking tool 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.

The results obtained with the POV-Ray benchmark essentially mirror those of Cinebench above.  The new Phenom II X4 920 and 940 easily outpace the older, 65nm Phenom X4 9950, but Intel's Core 2 Quads--with the exception of the Q9400--and Core i7s take the overall lead regardless of frequency.

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