Shuttle SD31P Small Form Factor XPC
Cinebench 2003 and 3DMark05
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).
We hate to bore you to death with the lack of details, but once again the graphs don't have much to say. We're looking at two systems that are really equals, regardless of their size. We might have expected for the Shuttle XPC to drop off at some point, but so far, so good.
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.
Finally, a bit of a performance delta, but skewed in Shuttle's favor. The SD31P outperformed the Gigabyte 8I945P-G by 80 points, equalling a 1.5% increase in 3D rendering. We'll hold off any celebrations until we see some real-world gaming results, that can be found on the next page.