Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 - Quad-Core Assault
Cinebench 9.5 and 3DMark06: CPU
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. Cinema 4D from Maxon is a 3D Rendering and Animation tools suite used by many 3D Animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. And of course it's very demanding of system processor resources.
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).
In single-threaded mode the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 puts up a time identical to that of a Core 2 Duo E6700 but engage the multi-CPU engine of Cinebench and Intel's new quad-core takes a commanding lead. The QX6700 completes the workload in nearly half the time of a similarly clocked Core 2 Duo or Athlon 64 FX-62 processor. This looks to be something on the order of about a 73% performance gain, clock for clock between Core 2 Quad and Core 2 Duo architectures.
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 that 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.
70% faster than a Core 2 Duo E6700 and 55% faster than a Core 2 Extreme X6800 dual-core CPU, Intel's Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core puts up yet another thrashing in 3DMark06. We're definitely looking at a pattern here now though. Clock tick for clock tick, this new Intel quad-core processor is on the order of about 70-75% faster in many applications that can take full advantage of all four of its cores in multithread mode. It's not quite double the performance (or 100% faster) as having double the available cores might suggest but it is obviously significantly faster in a major-league sort of way. The only exception to this we've seen so far are our POV-Ray benchmark scores.