CINEBENCH 11.5 Tests
Maxon CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses the computer’s performance capabilities. CINEBENCH is based on Maxon’s award-winning animation software, Cinema 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. Maxon software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars,The Chronicles of Narnia, and many more. CINEBENCH Release 11.5 includes the ability to more accurately test the industry’s latest hardware, including systems with up to 64 processor threads, and the testing environment better reflects the expectations of today’s production demands. A more streamlined interface makes testing systems and reading results incredibly straightforward.
The CINEBENCH R11.5 test scenario comprises three tests: an OpenGL-based test that models a simple car chase (which I didn’t use for this test, since the graphics card performs most of the rendering work, and I’m testing the CPU), and single-core and multi-core versions of a CPU-bound computation using all of a system’s processing power to render a photo-realistic 3D scene, “No Keyframes”, the viral animation by AixSponza. This scene makes use of various algorithms to stress all available processor cores, and all rendering is performed by the CPU: the graphics card is not involved except as a display device. The multi-core version of the rendering benchmark uses as many cores as the processor has, including the “virtual cores” in processors that support Hyper-Threading. The resulting “CineMark” is a dimensionless number only useful for comparisons with results generated from the same version of CINEBENCH.
The first benchmark renders the scene using only a single core. Note that the per-core performance of the 5960X is actually slightly below the performance of the 3960X, despite the fact that the Haswell core architecture is supposed to be somewhat better in the “instructions per clock” sense than the older Sandy Bridge cores. But the explanation is simple: clock frequency still counts for something, and the 4770K ticks along at 3.5/3.9GHz (base and turbo) clocks, while the 3960X is 3.3/3.9, and the 5960X a mere 3.0/3.5. There’s a lesson to be learned here, which I’ll get to later on, but note how much overclocking helps.
In the multi-core benchmark, CINEBENCH 11.5 uses all the CPU resources it can grab, and here there’s simply no contest. We see a nice even scaling in the scores as we move from a four-core CPU (4770K) to 6- and 8-core CPUs.
As we can see, if you can keep all the cores working, the performance of the Haswell-E is impressive.