Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850
Cinebench R9.5 and 3DMark06
Cinebench 9.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D. Cinema 4D from Maxon is a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.
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 our multi-threaded test, the quad-core processor enabled systems both took the lead by a substantial margin. The QX6850 and QX6800 were both over 40% faster than the nearest dual-core driven score. Obviously the QX6850's 267MHz faster FSB speed afforded it no advantage whatsoever over the QX6800. In our single-threaded tests however, multi-core bus contention caused the QX6800 to clock in a second slower than the dual core X6800. The QX6850's higher FSB bandwidth did actually offer a bit more performance in this situation however and the new processor was able to edge out the Core 2 Extreme X6800 dual-core in this test.
3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.
Nearly twice as fast as the Core 2 Extreme X6800 dual-core CPU and about 13% faster than the Core 2 Extreme QX6800 quad-core / 975x combo, the new QX6850 once again puts up the fastest score we've recorded to date in 3DMark06's CPU test.