Render Tests
CineBench 10
This rendering benchmark based off of the Cinema 4D engine is a terrific indicator for multi-threaded processing.

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Single threaded performance of the Core i3-530 is actually pretty good though when we get into the world of multi-threaded benchmark runs the lack of Turbo Boost keeps this CPU towards the bottom of our pack.


POV-Ray 3.7 Beta
POV-Ray has long been the poster child for multi-threaded processing and rendering.

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The i3-530 is definitely slower than any of the quad-core processors on our list here but it notably faster than the Core 2 E8500 and is only about 12% slower than the Core i5-661 that comes with a 70% price premium.


Blender

Blender is a free open source 3D engine that is a popular choice amongst college students and small developers.

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Interesting to see here how much difference the single threaded result is blunted on the i3-530 because of the lack of Turbo Mode, where the CPU would typically see the biggest frequency jump.

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