Hybrid vs Native Dual X16 SLI: Asus P5N32-E SLI Plus vs Abit IN9 32X-MAX
Cinebench & 3DMark06 CPU Benchmarks
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. 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 finally see the boards using NVIDIA based chipsets take the lead in the Cinebench tests. The P5N32-E SLI Plus wins the single-threaded test by edging out the AB9 Pro by 0.2 seconds, but loses to the IN9 32X-MAX by 0.2 seconds in the multi-threaded test.
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, which is dependant 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.
Remembering that higher scores are better in 3DMark, we see the two NVIDIA based boards lead the pack, barely. The Intel P965 based AB9 Pro has put up a lot of stiff competition so far in our benchmarks but it fell slightly behind the more expensive NVIDIA based boards here.