Shuttle SDXi Barebones System
Cinebench R9.5 and Futuremark 3DMark06
The Cinebench 9.5 benchmark is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on the commercially available Cinema 4D application. Cinema 4D from Maxon is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. And of course it's very demanding of system processor resources.
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).
With Cinebench R9.5 testing, we saw a slight increase in the time it took to complete each test with the SDXi, adding 1 second to each test vs the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe. In the end, this difference is negligable.
3DMark06'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 that is dependent 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 are used to determine the final score.
With this test component, the Shuttle SDXi system managed a small lead over the full-sized ASUS P5W DH Deluxe, pulling 10 points ahead. This isn't anything tremendous, resulting in a .3% lead.