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.
As expected, the theoretical 8 threads of the i7 showed there strength in Cinebench beating the competition by a fair margin. The i5 did however put up a good fight, beating the AM3 for the most part and closing the gap in the OpenGL test. The Futuremark tests placed the i5 above the i7 setup in both '05 and '06 with Vantage slightly favouring the i7's grunt. Interestingly, the AM3 setup ran out overall winner in the synthetic runs but can it repeat this feat in the real world game tests?
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