Foxconn 945P7AA-8EKRS2 & Gigabyte 8I945P-G
Benchmarking with Kribibench v1.1
Next up, we ran the Kribibench rendering benchmark produced by the folks at Adept Development. Kribibench is an SSE aware software renderer. A 3D model is rendered and animated by the host CPU, and the average frame rate is reported. We used two of the included models with this benchmark: an "Exploded Sponge" model consisting of over 19.2 million polygons and then its enormous "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polygons.
The Kribi engine is based on 100% software rendering for a scene, which makes it a perfect CPU benchmark. It also makes heavy use of SSE instructions, Symmetric Multi-Processing and is multi-threaded.
With the Sponge Explode Model, the Gigabyte and Foxconn boards were neck-in-neck, while the Intel reference board was a third of an FPS quicker overall. The Athlon 3200+ was a full 1 FPS behind the 945Ps. With the Ultra Model, the Athlon 3200+ still lagged, averaging roughly 50% of what the 945 series were capable of. Once again, the Intel 945G was the best performer, but the two 945Ps were tied, while narrowing the 945G's lead to hundredths of a frame.