Z77 Mobo Roundup II: EVGA, ASRock, Gigabyte, Zotac

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Cinebench R11.5 and POV-Ray

Cinebench R11.5 is an OpenGL 3D rendering performance test based on Cinema 4D from Maxon. Cinema 4D is a 3D rendering and animation suite used by 3D animation houses and producers like Sony Animation and many others. It's very demanding of system processor resources and is an excellent gauge of computational throughput. This is a multi-threaded, multi-processor aware benchmark that renders a 3D scene and tracks the length of the entire process. The rate at which each test system was able to render the entire scene is represented in the graph below.

Cinebench R11.5
3D Rendering Benchmark

Although the Zotac's scores are a bit lower compared to the rest of the field, it's within a tenth of a point of the leader in the multi-threaded test. In the single-threaded test, though, it actually did a smidge better than the EVGA board, whose score was comparatively poor.

POV-Ray Performance
Ray Tracing Benchmark

POV-Ray , or the Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer, is an open source tool for creating realistically lit 3D graphics artwork. We tested with POV-Ray's standard 'one-CPU' and 'all-CPU' benchmarking tools on all of our test machines and recorded the scores reported for each. Results are measured in pixels-per-second throughput; higher scores equate to better performance.

For the most part so far, consistency is the name of the game. The scores here are remarkably close, although as in the Cinebench test, the Zotac board lags behind slightly, and the EVGA board came up just a little lame in the single-threaded test.

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