Intel P965 Showdown - Abit vs. GIGABYTE
Cinebench and 3DMark06 CPU Benchmarks
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. 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).
The two boards are once again neck and neck, with the AB9 Pro taking the lead, barely. The 1.5 seconds the AB9 Pro manages to shave off the DQ6's multi-threaded score is shorter than the average time between blinks. Hardly a significant difference.
3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer, which is dependant on the host CPU's performance. This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.
Finally, the boards post scores that have a difference larger than 3%. Similar to the PC Mark 2005 scores, the two boards are separated by about a hundred points in our 3D Mark 2006 test.