Intel P965 Shoot-Out: Asus P5B-E vs. MSI P965 Platinum
Rendering & Encoding Tests
The Cinebench 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).
If there truly were any major differences between thse two boards, we would expect them to surface during our benchmark tests. Instead, we found that one core or two, the Asus and MSI boards produced the exact same times for rendering the scene in Cinebench 9.5.
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a very popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis, to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a never-ending Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
We also found that nothing much had changed on the encoding side either. Using single core or multi-threaded processing, encoding a custom WAV file to MP3 took exactly the same amount of time. That makes four benchmarks in a row that basically paint the two boards as equals.