Intel Arrandale Core i5 and Core i3 Mobile Unveiled

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Cinebench R10 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It is very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.

Cinebench R10
3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 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.

In Cinebench R10, the Core i5 540M shows that it's 16.3% faster than the Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz chip for single-threaded workloads and 30% faster in multi-threaded workloads.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing

POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is a top-notch open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'all-CPU' benchmarking tool on the  test machines, and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

A similar but slightly wider spread is seen here in POV-Ray, with an 11% - 37% edge afforded to the Core i5 540M based system versus the Core 2 Duo.

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