Render Tests

CineBench 10

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

Intel Sandy Bridge-E Review - Core i7-3960X and X79 Chipset Tested - Processors 16
In the single threaded result you can clearly see how the Core i7-3960X and the Core i7-2600K share the same architecture that gives basically identical performance.  Note where the Core i7-990X is in single threaded performance, though – about 18% back.  With the multi-threaded version of the test we see the performance of 6-core processors clearly taking the lead with the new Core i7-3960X winning overall by about 15%.

POV-Ray 3.7 Beta

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


Another good result for the Core i7-3960X with about a 10% lead over the Core i7-990X and is 50% faster than the Core i7-2600K.


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

Again we see that the new Core i7-3960X is the fastest CPU at 1, 2 and 4 threads but does come in JUST behind the Core i7-2600K with 8 threads, likely due to operating system scheduling conflicts.

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