Cinebench R10 and POV-Ray
Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D. Cinema 4D from Maxon 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.
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.
In Cinebench R10's single-threaded benchmark, the Skulltrail platform, powered by a pair of 3.2GHz QX9775 processors performs much like the similarly clocked Core 2 Extreme QX9770. In the multi-threaded benchmark, however, Skulltrail's eight cores propel the system to the front of the pack, by a wide margin. In fact, Skulltrail nearly doubles the performance of the QX9770 in the multithreaded test.
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 included benchmarking model on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. We shoudl also note that we used the latest 64-bit beta build of the program. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput.
POV-Ray's multithreaded SSE2 benchmark tells essentially the same story as Cinebench R10. The immense performance of eight cores clocked at 3.2GHz allow the Skulltrail system to significantly outpace every other system.