CINEBENCH is the free benchmarking tool for Windows and Mac OS based on the powerful 3D software CINEMA 4D. Consequently, the results of tests conducted using CINEBENCH 10 carry significant weight when analyzing a computer’s performance in everyday use. Especially a system’s CPU and the OpenGL capabilities of its graphics card are put through their paces (even multiprocessor systems with up to 16 dedicated CPUs or processor cores). The test procedure consists of two main components: The first test sequence is dedicated to the computer’s main processor. A 3D scene file is used to render a photo reaslistic image. The scene makes use of various CPU-intensive features such as reflection, ambient occlusion, area lights and procedural shaders. In the first run, the benchmark only uses one CPU (or CPU core), to ascertain a reference value. On machines that have multiple CPUs or CPU cores, and also on those who simulate multiple CPUs (via HyperThreading or similar technolgies), MAXON CINEBENCH will run a second test using all available CPU power. Again, higher Frames/Second and lower rendering time in seconds equal better performance.
Cinebench R10 was able to put a 100% load across all the cores on all of the processors, which makes this a great benchmark to look at multi-core platforms.
Results: Our SMP Cinebench R10 results show an impressive 416% increase in performance over the span of processors that I used in testing. The new AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ proved to be over 5.1 times faster than that of the Athlon XP 1800+ processor and it was able to complete the benchmark in 19% of the time. Cinebench R10 showed the best scaling of performance of all the benchmarking that was done.
It should be noted that in order to get the percentages in the chart above we calculated the time it took to complete the benchmark in comparison to the Athlon XP 1800+, which was the slowest of the group using the equation [1 – (y1-y2)/y1] * 100.