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. 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 a gargantuan "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polys...
The Pentium Extreme Edition 965 handled the two Kribibench tests we ran quite well. While rendering and animating the "Sponge Explode" Model, the 965XE and dual-core Athlons finished right on-top of each other, with only a fraction of a frame per second separating the top three finishers. With the more taxing "Ultra" model test though, the 965XE came away with a clear victory. Although only a small margin separated the Athlons from the 965XE, the Intel CPU had a significant advantage here.