Shuttle SN25P XPC (nForce 4 Ultra)
Cinebench 2003 & 3DMark05: CPU
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 ran two sets of numbers here, one in single-thread mode, and another in the benchmark's multi-thread mode for our Hyper-Threading-enabled P4 test system. Athlon 64s are only capable of running the single-thread test, hence the "WNR" listed for each A64 powered system in the graph below.
When running Cinebench 2003 in multi-thread mode, the P4 held onto an approximate 12 second lead over the Athlons. In single-thread mode, however, it was all about the Athlon 64. The SN25P XPC finished in a tie with our full-sized nForce 4 SLI based rig, only a tenth of a second behind the MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum.
It may not be an actual game, but 3DMark05's built-in CPU test is a "gaming related" DirectX metric that's useful for comparing relative performance among 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 host processor. The number of frames generated per second in each test are used to determine the final score.
3DMark05's CPU performance module had the P4 powered system planted firmly in the lead, with the Athlon 64s all finishing within a few percentage points of each other. The Shuttle SN25P trailed slightly behind the other AMD powered test systems, but again the performance delta separating the "fastest" and "slowest" Athlons was very small, in the neighborhood of 119 points.