3dsmax 9 - SPECapc 3dsmax CPU Rendering Test

Today's desktop processors are more than fast enough to do professional level 3D rendering at home. To look at performance under 3dsmax we ran the SPECapc 3dsmax 8 benchmark (only the CPU rendering tests) under 3dsmax 9 SP1. The results reported are the rendering composite scores.

3dsmax r9 - SPECapc 3dsmax 8 CPU Test

This is the closest we've ever seen the Phenom II X6 to Intel's Core i7 series. Here the 860 is a bit faster but it's also more expensive, the 1100T is a good fit here. The Athlon II X3 455 is 16% faster than its closest competitor, while the Phenom II X2 565 BE falls behind its target. This is very similar to what we reported a couple of months ago, the Athlon II X3 is a great value while the Phenom II X2 makes sense only if you can unlock at least one of its cores.

Cinebench R10

Created by the Cinema 4D folks we have Cinebench, a popular 3D rendering benchmark that gives us both single and multi-threaded 3D rendering results.

Cinebench R10 - Single Threaded

Single threaded performance is an advantage the i5/i7s have over the Phenom II X6s, however thanks to the high turbo core speed of the 1100T the gap isn't huge. The Athlon II X3 trails the G6950 here as its core advantage is useless in a single threaded application.

Cinebench R10 - Multithreaded

Turn up the threads and there's no beating the Phenom II X6 and Athlon II X3, they both do much better than their intended competition.

I've started running Cinebench 11.5 in preparation for an update to Bench, some of the initial results are below:

Cinebench 11.5 CPU Test

The Phenom II X6 1100T and Athlon II X3 do very well once again.

SYSMark 2007 & Photoshop Performance Video Encoding & Data Archiving Performance
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  • 8steve8 - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    kind of surprised sandy bridge wasn't even mentioned in the conclusions...

    considering these cpus will only be competing with the westmeres for less than a month before sandy bridge is everywhere...

    AMD seems to only be able to compete on price, kind of sad.

    It'll likely not change as long as Intel is >18 months ahead in terms of process technology used in fabrication.
  • Calin - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    This opens the door for another article comparing the Sandy Bridge processors (when they will be available) to the current (for now) offerings. I'm too waiting for the Sandy Bridge launch (but I probably won't buy one)
  • semo - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    Intel is still selling C2Ds. What makes you think SB will be everywhere any time soon? Intel are always slow with their new releases (not easy supplying the whole globe I would think).
  • vol7ron - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    Doesn't the US come first?
  • Einy0 - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    Think again... Almost all tech companies release products in Asia first.
  • SandmanWN - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    Errr "leaked" their first.
  • misfit410 - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    I think there is more to it than just price, Intels issue is how fragmented it's market is right now, I like to start with a cheap build, mid range CPU and know I have upgrade options, if I did an AMD Dual Core right now I know that I can go to a 6 Core later for some great performance when it's economically possible.

    If I go i3, I have very few upgrade options, need a new motherboard for i5, then If I want to move up from there yet another motherboard for i7..

    I personally think this was the worst way to go about covering all areas of the market.
  • BSMonitor - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    Except if you went Lynnfield right now, you would already be ahead of AMD's fastest 6-core offering. And much cheaper than buying a $100 processor now, with another $200 processor later.

    And to the other guy, Intel ramps slowly? Uhhh, not really. Core i7 has been around for 2 years now. In its many flavors. The reason Core 2 Duo still sells... It is actually MUCH faster than that Athlon II x3 Anand just tested.
  • silverblue - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    LOL... no it's not. I really don't know where you got that from.
  • Shadowmaster625 - Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - link

    Intel E7500, still selling on newegg for $125. AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition is currently $99 yet wins 17 out of 26 tests on anand's own bench, and is about 5% faster overall. So for 20% less you get faster performance, plus the opportunity to unlock a free bonus. But you can bet the intel part still sells 5 times more.

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