Intel Core i7 870 & Core i5 750 - 3D Rendering

By Edward Chester

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Summary

While many people will associate 3D performance with a graphics card, for CAD applications a lot of the grunt work is still performed on CPUs so this is something we've put to the test. We use two industry standard tests, called POV-Ray and Cinebench. Both programs can be freely downloaded and the benchmark begins with just a single click so they're a really easy comparison tool if you fancy seeing how your system shapes up.

Cinebench has both a single-threaded and multi-threaded test while POV-Ray is just multi-threaded. Slightly disappointingly, Cinebench only returns a score, rather than a time to completion, so the numbers in isolation don't really mean anything. However, when compared they adequately show up any difference in performance.

Cinebench

POVray

Ohmz

September 8, 2009, 5:40 pm

Am I the only one missing part of Page 11?

Todd

September 8, 2009, 5:44 pm

To bad you all didn't test GTA IV or ArmA 2 for the games, as these use more of the CPU than any other game for the time being. But nevertheless, great review, definitely will have to keep my eye out for these CPU's.

Ed

September 8, 2009, 5:54 pm

@Ohmz: Right your are. Fixed.

Doug Ellison

September 8, 2009, 9:40 pm

You can barely tell the colours apart on the Cinebench graph. There are more colours than just blue and green you know.

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