Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 CPU Review

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Cinebench R10 & 3DMark06

Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D 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.

Cinebench R10
3D Rendering

This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

Although the Q9400 held a noticeable advantage in the Kribibench 3D rendering benchmark, we saw that edge disappear in our Cinebench testing. The Q8400 scored very similarly to the Q9400 during multi-threaded runs as both Intel quads performed much better than any of AMD's offerings in this comparison. 

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

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, Intel's Core 2 Quads pull ahead of the pack in 3DMark's CPU tests. The Q9400 has the best score of the group with the Q8400 right on its heels.

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