Cinebench and POV-Ray are two applications that render images in very different ways. POV-Ray is a ray tracing program that has the ability to render photo realistic images. Ray tracing is one of the many routes that may be pursued for future graphic cards but at this point processors aren’t fast enough to render scenes in real-time. Cinebench on the other hand uses a more standard animation suite called CINEMA 4D from MAXON and provides a “real-world” example of number crunching while providing an easy way to differentiate between different hardware configurations.
Once again the Core i7 rig pulls ahead due to it’s doubled amount of available threads. Even though there is a 77% raw performance advantage for the X58 system, there was only a 46% performance increase in POV-Ray. No matter though, once again a solid win.