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 a gargantuan "Ultra" model that is comprised of over 16 billion polys...
The 3.73GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition / nForce 4 SLI Intel Edition combo dominated the Athlon powered systems in the KribiBench tests, thanks to its memory bandwidth advantage and HyperThreading capabilities. If we focus on the Athlon 64 based rigs though, there was very little variation in performance. Technically, the SN25P finished in last place in the "Sponge Explode" test, and finished in first place (among the A64s) in the "Ultra" test, but again the performance delta separating the first and last place finishers was quite small.