Benchmarking The Core 2 Extreme QX6700 Processor

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POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 15 and 3ds Max 8

POV-Ray 3.7 Beta 15

Processor Performance on Pov-Ray 3.7 Beta 15:

The Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer was developed from DKBTrace 2.12 (written by David K. Buck and Aaron A. Collins) by a bunch of people (called the POV-Team) in their spare time. It is an high-quality, totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. It is available in official versions for Windows, Mac OS/Mac OS X and i86 Linux. The POV-Ray package includes detailed instructions on using the ray-tracer and creating scenes. Many stunning scenes are included with POV-Ray so you can start creating images immediately when you get the package. These scenes can be modified so you do not have to start from scratch. In addition to the pre-defined scenes, a large library of pre-defined shapes and materials is provided. You can include these shapes and materials in your own scenes by just including the library file name at the top of your scene file, and by using the shape or material name in your scene. Since this is free software feel free to download this version and try it out on your own.

The most significant change from the end-user point of view between versions 3.6 and 3.7 is the addition of SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) support, which in a nutshell allows the renderer to run on as many CPU’s as you have installed on your computer. This will be particularly useful for those users who intend purchasing a dual-core CPU or who already have a two (or more) processor machine. On a two-CPU system the rendering speed in some scenes almost doubles. For our benchmarking we used version 3.7 as all of the processors we are testing today are dual-core.

Once rendering on the object we selected was completed, we took the score from dialog box, which indicates the average PPS for the benchmark. A higher PPS indicates faster system performance.

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Peformance on in PPS increased 82.9% in POV-Ray, which is one of the biggest jumps that we have seen on Kentsfield. It’s obvious that renderer supports SMP and the score clearly shows that!

3ds Max 8 SP2

Autodesk 3ds Max is a highly customizable and scalable 3D animation, modeling, and rendering solution for games, film, television, and design visualization.

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After running our image as seen above we took the time from the last frame rendered and graphed the results as seen below.

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When benchmarking some rendering tasks on 3ds Max we found another huge performance increase when we rendered our short demo clip. A 40% increase in performance over the flagship Intel extreme edition, the X6800, is very impressive.

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Now let’s take a look at Sony Vegas and Divx 6.2.5.

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