POV-Ray and Kribibench
POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is a top-notch open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard included benchmarking model on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. We shoudl also note that we used the latest 64-bit beta build of the program. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput.
POV Ray Performance Details: www.povray.org
Our POV-Ray test methodology has proven itself to be hugely lopsided toward Intel processor architecture. Again the AMD Athlon FX-74 system actually puts up a reasonable fight, going toe-to-toe with a a single Core 2 Quad Q6600 at 2.4GHz but in turn gets left in the dust by the new QX9770. The Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is 74% faster than the AMD Phenom 9700 in this test.
For this next batch of tests, we ran Kribibench v1.1, a 3D rendering benchmark produced by the folks at Adept Development. Kribibench is an SSE aware software renderer where a 3D model is rendered and animated by the host CPU and the average frame rate is reported.
We used two of the included models with this benchmark: a "Sponge Explode" model consisting of over 19.2 million polygons and the test suite's "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polys.
If you're a CAD professional that spins wireframe models for a living occasionally, the chart above for our Kribibench test speaks volumes. The recurring trend here is that the QX9770 is simply the fastest desktop or workstation processor on the planet right now, no matter what you throw at it.