Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Ultra Durable 3 Motherboard
POV-Ray & Cinebench Testing
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 included benchmarking model on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second (PPS)throughput.
Considering how well the Gigabyte EP45-UD3P did in the PCMark Vantage testing, we expected much better results in POV-Ray. It's not that the EP45 didn't do well, it actually came in a respectable third place, beating out the X48-based Rampage Formula, but it was beaten by the MSI P45 Platinum which had typically placed last or near last in the earlier testing.
Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D. Cinema 4D from Maxon 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. 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.
Almost identical to the POV-Ray benchmarking, the graph of our Cinebench results has the P45 Platinum leading the way in both single- and multi-threaded benchmark runs. The EP45-UD3P doesn't fare as well, with third and fourth place finishes, respectively. Variances in the single-thread tests are so slight, however, that we consider them all in a virtual tie.