Z77 OC Motherboard Shootout - MSI vs ASRock

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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

Both boards put forth strong Cinebench scores, although the MSI board topped ASRock here in both multi-thread and single-thread tests. The margin isn't much, but it is clear who's the victor here.

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.

Again, although these two boards scored fairly close together, it's MSI that comes away with the win with a stronger showing, posting a multi-thread score of 90 points higher than the ASRock board.

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