Intel Core 2 Duo & Core 2 Extreme Processors, Chipsets And Performance Analysis
For this next batch of tests, we ran Kribibench v1.1, a 3D rendering benchmark produced by the folks at Adept Development. Kribibench is an SSE aware software renderer where a 3D model is rendered and animated by the host CPU, and the average frame rate is reported.
We used two of the included models with this benchmark: a "Sponge Explode" model consisting of over 19.2 million polygons and the test suite's "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polys.
The Core 2 Duo E6700 and Core 2 Extreme X6800 processors posted the highest scores we have seen to date in the two Kribibench tests we ran. We hesitate to say they "tore" through this benchmark with scores roughly in the 2 to 6 frame per second range, but Intel's new processors clearly outperformed the Pentium Extreme Edition 965 and both Athlon 64s.
This was one of the few tests where the chipset had a measurable impact on overall performance. In both tests, the nForce 4 SLIX16 based system was fastest, followed by the P965 and then the 975X Express.