Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 Z77 Motherboard Review

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Cinebench R11.5 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation 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 computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a 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.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark

The G1.Sniper3 scored pretty much right on par with the best boards in Cinebench with the Core i7-2600K; with the Ivy Bridge chip, the outcome was less impressive. As we mentioned previously, though, the Core i5-3470 lacks Hyper-Threading, so a 5.63 isn’t a terrible score compared to the field, all things considered--especially in light of the fact that its single-thread score was a solid one.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark
POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools 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.

In POV-Ray, the G1.Sniper3 was just a few points behind the top scorers in the multi-threaded test with Sandy Bridge inside (and topped the others in the single-thread test), while it lagged behind the field by about the same margin we saw in Cinebench with the Ivy Bridge chip. However, note well that in the single-thread test, the G1.Sniper3/Ivy Bridge combo won the day by a step or two.

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