Eurocom M98NU XCaliber Gaming Notebook Review

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

The results here are an excellent example of the overall performance pecking order of the three high-end mobile processors represented. The newest kid on the block and the highest-end of the bunch--the 2.0GHz Core i7-920XM--is at the top; with the 2.56GHz Core 2 QX9300 in the middle; followed by the 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo X9000. This test's results go to show that not all processor-intensive tasks are a function of pure CPU speed--other factors play a part as well, such as the number of cores (the Core i7-920XM has four physical execution cores and four virtual cores via Hyper-Threading, for a total of eight cores) and the amount of available cache. While its performance might not quite beat the Core i7-920XM-based system, the M98NU XCaliber's very strong performance is not far behind it.

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' and 'single-CPU' benchmarking tool on the test machines, and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

The performance of the three notebooks represented here in the POV-RAY chart mirror what we saw with the Cinebench R10 chart above. The M98NU XCaliber's performance falls between that of the 2.0GHz Core i7-920XM-based notebook and the 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo X9000-based notebook--with the M98NU XCaliber not far behind the Core i7-920XM on multi-threaded performance (as we discussed in our coverage of the Core i7-920XM processor, the Core i7 920XM's strong suit is actually its single-core performance).

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