Cinebench 10 is a benchmarking tool based on the powerful 3D software Cinema 4D. The suite uses complex renders to gauge the performance of the entire PC system in both single-core and multi-core modes. Testing was performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being omitted and an average created from the remaining 3 results.
3DMark is a popular synthetic gaming benchmark used by many gamers and overclockers to gauge the performance of their PC's. All 3DMark runs were performed a total of 5 times with the highest and lowest results being removed and an average calculated from the remaining 3 results. Also included are the CrossfireX results to give an indication of how 8x PCIe lanes perform.
Contrasting results were found with Cinebench and Futuremark benchmarks. The rendering power of the i7 CPU put the Gigabyte board way out in the lead for the CPU runs, especially with the virtual 8 cores of the 7 compared to the 4 of the Phenom. The tables were turned though with all of the Futuremark test with the AMD motherboards giving the Intel setup a good kicking. I knew AMD were good for gaming but I did not expect this result. However this is only a synthetic benchmark. Let's see how they all perform in our three game tests...
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