Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 - Quad-Core Assault

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POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Raytracer, is a top-notch open source tool for creating 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard included benchmarking model on both test machines and recorded the scores reported for each.   Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput.

POV-RAY Performance


This latest version of the POV-Ray is capable of completely taxing all processor cores in a system in a full-up SMP usage model.  As you can see in the screen shot above the graph, the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 is at full 100% resource utilization in this test.  Furthermore, Intel's Core 2 architecture in general has a significant lead over the Athlon 64 X2/FX architecture here.  Even a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo processor is some 35% faster than a 2.8GHz Athlon FX-62 in this benchmark.  Beyond that, it's a complete run-away for the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 which actually more than doubles the performance of the Core 2 Duo E6700, and comes up just short of doubling the performance of the Core 2 Extreme X6800.  Pleasantly surprising, to say the least. 

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