Intel Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E CPU Review
Cinebench R11.5 and POV-Ray
Cinebench R11.5 is a 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.
This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a photorealistic 3D scene (from the viral "No Keyframes" animation by AixSponza). This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.
The new Core i7-4960X put up the best multi-threaded score of any processor in the Cinebench R11.5 benchmark, outpacing the Core i7-3970X by a fraction. In terms of single-thread performance, the Core i7-4960X also scores well, but it outpaced slightly by the Haswell-based processors.
POV-Ray, or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines, and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.
The POV-Ray benchmark tells the same story as Cinebench. In these tests, the Haswell-based Core i7 processors put up the best single-thread performance, but the Core i7-4960X's additional cores and relatively high clocks give it an edge over everything else in the multi-threaded benchmark.