Intel X48 Motherboard Round-up: ASUS, ECS, & Intel

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POV-Ray & Cinebench Testing



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 included benchmarking model on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each.  Results are measured in pixels-per-second (PPS) throughput.

POV Ray Performance



POV-Ray benchmark performance varied from a low of 747.91 PPS to a high mark of 755.85 PPS, resulting in a mere 1 percent difference between the best and worst performers. The x48-based boards didn't seem to fare all that well with this application, with the ASUS Rampage Formula producing the lowest score overall.

 Cinebench R10 Performance Tests

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.

Again, we find that the five boards are performing at quite similar levels with the single and multi-threaded rendering runs in Cinebench.  Performance deltas for the Single-threaded runs are even smaller than what we saw with POV-RAY with just about half a percent separating the results.  This difference nearly triples, however, during the multi-threaded run with the ECS X48T-A outgunning the Intel DX48BT2 by 72 points.

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