Cinebench 2003 and Cadalyst AutoCAD 2001

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CINEBENCH 2003 is the free benchmarking tool for Windows and Mac OS based on the powerful 3D software CINEMA 4D R8. The tool is set to deliver accurate benchmarks by testing not only a computer’s raw processing speed but also all other areas that affect system performance such as OpenGL, multithreading, multiprocessors and Intel’s new HT Technology.

CINEBENCH 2003 includes render tasks that test the performance of up to 16 multiprocessors on the same computer as well as software-only shading tests and OpenGL shading tests on huge numbers of animated polygons that will push any computer to its limits.

Cinebench 2003 is based on the CINEMA 4D graphics rendering engine. The test has several different results, the main one is the time to render a 3 dimensional image; additionally, the program is able to take advantage of multiple processors. Because of that, the P4 has an advantage using HyperThreading technology. The rest of the results are fairly on par with each other as they are mainly graphics based tests.

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The AutoCAD benchmark is from a independent group called Cadalyst and runs a series of commands and tests on the AutoCAD 2001 software. The benchmark returns some stabilized numbers that can be compared across different platforms. There are several different outputs: a total score and one for each individual test (gouroud, wireframe, etc) as well as a total time to complete the tests. Here we see that Opteron platform running at nearly half the frequency is able to beat the HyperThreading enabled Pentium 4 processor on all but the non-graphic tests.

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