Cinebench and 3DMark06
The Cinebench 9.5 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. 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.
And of course it's very demanding of system processor resources.
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 should have put these results next to our LAME MT tests. In the Cinebench R9.5 benchmark, all three systems put up the exact same scores, regardless of whether or not the test was run in single- or multi-threaded mode.
3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance. This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.
The Gigabyte GA-N680SLI-DQ6 jumped back into the to the top spot in 3DMark06's CPU benchmark. it fnished 6 points ahead of the EVGA board and 19 points ahead of the Intel board. Once again though, we have to point out that these relatively small margins of victory fall well within the margin of error in this test.