Intel Core i7-980X Extreme 6-Core Processor Review

Cinebench R11.5 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R11.5 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 R11.5
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 by the Cinebench scores in the graph below.


The new Core i7-980X Extreme was once again the fastest of the bunch, by far. All else being equal, Cinebench R11.5 scales almost linearly with additional cores, as is evident by the Core i7-980X Extreme's approximate 49% lead over the Core i7-975--6 cores is 50% more than 4, and the processors are clocked the same, hence the almost 50% lead.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing

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 'all-CPU' benchmarking tool 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.

POV-Ray tells us two things: 1) The additional compute resources of the Core i7-980X Extreme give it a huge boost in the multi-threaded rendering test over the next fastest processor, the Core i7-975. 2) When the shared L3 cache doesn't come into play, the individual cores in Gulftown are no faster than Bloomfield, clock for clock, as is evident by their near identical performance in the single-threaded test.

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