MSI P45 Platinum and Diamond Motherboards
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.
Both of MSI's board fared very well with the POV-Ray Ray Tracing benchmark, posting the two highest scores with the P35-based ASUS Blitz Formula in a close third. The results have to be seen as a little bit of a surprise, since both the P45 and P35 boards are considered more mainstream, and come with lower prices than the Intel X48- or NVIDIA nForce 780i-based boards.
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.
And yet, even when we look at the Cinebench encoding times, we again see both of MSI's P45 boards leading the way. The single-threaded encoding times were mostly close with about 13 points separating the lead MSI P45 Diamond from the Intel DX48BT2, but the Platinum board really saw a boost during the multi-threaded pass. It's performance dwarfed the Diamond's by 42 points and was 85 points better than Intel's board.