Kribibench 3D Modeling
Next up, we ran the Kribibench rendering benchmark produced by the folks at Adept Development. Kribibench is an SSE aware software renderer. 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: an "Exploded Sponge" model consisting of over 19.2 million polygons and then its enormous "Ultra" model that comprises over 16 billion polygons.
The Kribi engine is based on 100% software rendering for a scene, which makes it a perfect CPU benchmark. It also makes heavy use of SSE instructions and is multi-threaded. Here the dual cores take the lead by a hefty margin with the A64 X2 once again dishing out a beating. In the single-core camp, the Pentium 4 670 does give the FX-55 a run for its money.
More of the same is noted here with Kribibench's massive "Ultra" model in play. It's a photo finish this time for the Pentium EE 840 and the Athlon 64 X2. The same can be said for the P4 670 and P4 EE 3.73GHz chip. However, the FX-55 seemed to run out of gas, unable to keep up with the fastest single-core but Hyper-Threading-capable P4s.