Lenovo ThinkStation S20 Workstation Review
Cinebench & 3DMark06 CPU Performance
Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Maxon's Cinema 4D, a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and others. This benchmark is 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. Each test system’s final scores to render the scene are represented below.
Please Note: The Lenovo ThinkStation S20, Gamer Paladin F970, Velocity Micro Edge Z55, and Dell XPS 730x H2C systems in this test are running 64-bit Windows Vista installations and the 64-bit version of this test, as that is how they were configured from their respective factories. The other Core i7 reference systems are running Windows Vista 32-bit and the 32-bit version of the benchmark.
As you can see, the S20 offers great performance in Cinebench, especially when all the CPU cores get in on the action. The S20's results are right in line with the overclocked Velocity Micro Z55.
3DMark06's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are processed with a software renderer that is dependent on the host CPU's performance. Calculations that are normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test is used to determine the final score.
The S20's results are right in line with what we expected in 3DMark06's CPU test, since processor core speed and number of cores are the most influential factors in this test.