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.
As we've seen with a couple of our previous benchmarks, the new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 has a measurable clock-for-clock advantage over the QX6850 in the Cinebench R9.5 rendering benchmark. In the single threaded tests, the QX9650 finished four seconds faster than the QX6850 and the multi-threaded test it was a full two seconds faster.
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.
Once again, the new Core 2 Extreme QX9650 shows a marked improvement over the similarly clocked Core 2 Extreme QX6850 in the 3DMark06 CPU benchmark. The Core 2 Extreme QX9650 put up a score exactly 300 points higher than the QX6850, which equates to a difference of 6.4%.