MSI P6N Diamond - NV680i with X-Fi Audio
Rendering & Encoding Times
The Cinebench 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).
While we might have expected the trend to continue, Cinebench showed no differences in the time spent on rendering the image, in single or multi-threaded testing. All three boards posted identical times throughout.
In our custom LAME MT MP3 encoding test, we convert a large WAV file to the MP3 format, which is a very popular scenario that many end users work with on a day-to-day basis, to provide portability and storage of their digital audio content. In this test, we created our own 223MB WAV file (a never-ending Grateful Dead jam) and converted it to the MP3 format using the multi-thread capable LAME MT application in single and multi-thread modes. Processing times are recorded below. Once again, shorter times equate to better performance.
There isn't much more to say about encoding times either; again we saw the exact same times during single-threaded and multi-threaded performance runs. Suffice it to say that either chipset seems to handle rendering or encoding tasks on par with each the competition.