Cinebench & 3DMark06 CPU
Cinebench R10 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Maxon's Cinema 4D, a 3D rendering and animation tool suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and others. This benchmark is very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of pure computational throughput.
This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a single 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. Each test system’s final scores to render the scene are represented below.
Raw processing speed and the number of processor cores are the driving force of this processor-intensive test. The Core i7 920 did very well, outperforming all of our other reference systems. These results should be indicative of the type of performance you can expect from CPU-intensive applications, especially those with multi-threading support for four or more cores.
The CPU test component of 3DMark06 is a multi-threaded DirectX gaming metric that can be used to compare relative performance between similarly equipped systems. This test processes two different 3D scenes with a software renderer that depends on the host CPU's performance. Calculations that would normally be reserved for a 3D accelerator are sent to the CPU for processing and rendering. The frame-rate generated in each test determines the final score.
Here again, 3DMark06's CPU test is most-heavily influenced by raw processor speed and the number of processor cores. As a result, the Edge Z55's quad-core 2.93GHz Core i7 920 outperforms many of the quad-core based systems, save for the Dell XPS 730, which is overlocked and has an 800MHz+ clock speed advantage.