MSI P4N Diamond nForce4-SLI Motherboard
Cinebench 2003 and 3DMark05 Results
The Cinebench 2003 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test, based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. 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).
Our Cinebench 2003 chart mirrors exactly what we saw in the LAME MP3 encoding. That is, the Asus P5N32-SLI and Abit AW8-MAX boards are tied for the lead with the fastest scene rendering. On the other hand, the Asus P5WD2 and MSI P4N Diamond are also tied, this time for last place, yet only 0.2 seconds off of the mark.
3DMark05's built-in CPU test is a multi-threaded "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test consists of two different 3D scenes that are generated with a software renderer, which is dependant on the host CPU's performance. This means that the calculations normally reserved for your 3D accelerator are instead sent to the central processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test is used to determine the final score.
3DMark05 showed us a wide disparity between the two chipsets. Basically, it appears that the i955X chipset is handling graphic card to CPU calls more efficiently than the nForce4-SLI boards. There's a definite 100-point gap that separates the two sets of board. Further testing will determine how this will affect actual gameplay results.