Intel Core 2 Duo & Core 2 Extreme Processors, Chipsets And Performance Analysis

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Cinebench and 3DMark06: CPU

The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application.

Cinebench 2003 Performance Tests
3D Modeling & Rendering Tests

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).

Chalk up another victory for the Core 2 micro-architecture.  Whether in single or multi-thread mode, regardless of which chipset was at the heart of the system, the new Core 2 Duo E6700 and Core 2 Extreme X6800 processors significantly outpaced the Pentium Extreme Edition 965 and both Athlon 64s.  The X6800 was between 7 and 14 seconds faster than a FX-62, and the E6700 was roughly 5 to 8 seconds faster as well.

This was another application we tested using Corsair's TWIN2X2048-6400C3 memory kit on the nForce 4 SLIX16. Using higher capacity, lower-latency memory improved the X6800's performance to 51.6 and 27.9 seconds in the single and multi-threaded tests, respectively.

Futuremark 3DMark06 - CPU Test
Simulated DirectX Gaming Performance

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 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.

Intel's new processors also performed quite well in 3DMark06's built-in CPU benchmark. In this test, the E6700 was roughly 10% faster than anything from AMD and the X6800 was faster still, coming in about 19% ahead of the Athlon 64 FX-62.

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