Cinebench v9.5 and 3DMark06 CPU
The Cinebench 9.5 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 tool suite used by 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 the single-threaded portion of this test, the Core 2 Extreme QX6800 puts up the second best score, missing the mark set by the dual-core X6800 by 1 second. However, in multi-threaded mode in which all four execution cores are utilized, the new QX6800 pulls ahead of every other configuration. The one second difference may not look like a large margin, but if we talk in percentages, that one second equates to a healthy 6.6% lead over the QX6700.
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.
The quad-core configurations clearly lead the pack here, with the new Core 2 Extreme QX6800 firmly entrenched in the top spot with a score roughly 210 points higher than the second place finisher, the QX6700. The QuadFX rigs finish in the third, fourth, and fifth positions, followed by the dual-core configurations.