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Cinebench R10 and Kribibench v1.1

 Cinebench R10 Performance Tests
 3D Modeling & Rendering Tests

Our next test will focus on Rendering with Cinebench R10.  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.

Rendering tests are an excellent tool for measuring processor performance since they are inherently CPU dependent.  In the end, neither test bed showed a strong advantage over the other, with the K9A2 Platinum having a 1 second edge in dual-core rendering while single-core rendering favored the GA-M59SLI-S5 by 2 seconds.

Kribibench v1.1

For this next batch of tests, we ran Kribibench v1.1, another 3D rendering benchmark produced by the folks at Adept Development.  Kribibench is an SSE aware software renderer where
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 the test suite's "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polys.

With Kribibench, we saw slightly broader results than with Cinebench R10, with the K9A2 topping the GA-M59SLI-S5 by .39FPS in the Sponge Explode Model.  This may seem like a small lead, but when you measure it percentage wise, it equals 5.6%, which is a respectable difference.  When we ratcheted up the workload with the Ultra Model, both boards were virtually tied in performance.

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