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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [10.17.08]
Manufactured by: AMD


3D Media Creation

This is not something I do personally, but I know a lot of people are into 3D rendering at home. To test 3D rendering performance, we make use of Maxon's CineBench program.

Based on Maxon's animation software, Cinema 4D, CineBench is a good real-world benchmark that makes comparing systems easier for those of us who aren't really familiar with creating 3D art. Cinema 4D was used to make such movies as Spiderman and Star Wars. Good enough for me!

We have also added 3ds Max, which is probably the most popular rendering software around. Finally, to ound things out, we have POV-Ray, a totally free ray tracing tool. POV-Ray has a built-in benchmark which measures in pixels processed per second.


CineBench shows us immediately the same staggering we have been seing all along. With the Phenom X4 9950 at the bottom again.

3ds Max

This time, the Phenom is able to surpass the Q6700 by a few seconds. One of the very few tests we've done that show the Phenom performing well.

POV-Ray 3.7.beta.29b

And again, the same staggering at approximately 20% intervals.


Yeah I know, we already looked at the 'pure math' results on the first page of this review. But sometimes math calculation in itself works in practical PC usage. Back in the day, the most popular program for overclockers to show off their e-peen was SuperPi. Unfortunately though, that program is not multi-threaded. So to take its place, we have wPrime. wPrime actually has absolutely nothing to do with prime numbers - what it does is calculate the square root of really large numbers (upwards of 32 billion at this point). Total calculation time is given in seconds. If more than one core is detected, the test is split into several threads.

Well if e-peen wagging is your thing, the X4 9950 has the Q6700 beat! Obviously this doesn't tell the full story though, does it? ;)


We like to include an archiving benchmark, since after all, who doesn't use archives on their machine? WinRar features an integrated benchmark utility, but note that the results themselves are not real-world in that it measures decompression/compression throughput directly. Other factors will make differences between systems less pronounced, but this does a good job of singling out CPU performance.

Does this chart look familiar?

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