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790i SLI Ultra: Cinebench, 3DMark06 CPU

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.

Cinebench R10
3D Rendering

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.

We had another virtual dead heat in the Cinebench R10 benchmark.  All of the platforms performed within a fraction of a percentage point here, although the new nForce 790i SLI Ultras did trail the others every so slightly in the multi-threaded test.

Futuremark 3DMark06
Synthetic DirectX Gaming

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.

It was another close on the 3DMark06 CPU benchmark.  In this test, the Intel X48 system put up the highest score, followed closely behind by the nForce 790i SLi Ultra, and the remaining nForce chipsets.

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