Cinebench 2003 & 3DMark05: CPU Test
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The time it took each test system to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below (listed in seconds).
We ran two sets of numbers here, one in single-thread mode, and another in the benchmark's multi-thread mode.
Once again we find the variations between the two systems negligible, with both boards effectively returning the same results.
It may not be an actual game, but 3DMark05's built-in CPU test is a "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance among similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer, which is dependant on the host CPU's performance. This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the host processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.
With the 3DMark05 CPU test, we continued to see narrow margins between the EP-5LDA+GLI and the AL8. In this case, the EPoX EP-5LDA+GLI managed a slightly better score, besting the Abit AL8 by 10 points.