3D modeling and rendering
The Cinebench benchmark is based on Maxon's Cinema 4D rendering engine. It's multithreaded and comes with a 64-bit executable. This test runs with just a single thread and then with as many threads as CPU cores (or threads, in CPUs with multiple hardware threads per core) are available.
Here's another one of those tests where the FX-8150 improves on the Phenom II X6, but then the X6's performance was fairly strong compared to the Core i5-2500K already. The most interesting result, in my view, is the FX-8150's fairly low score of 1.03 with a single thread, a little less than the score of the Phenom II X6 1100T, which runs at a lower clock frequency. Bulldozer hasn't entirely held the line on instructions per clock. Also, the Core i5-2500K is nearly 50% faster than the FX-8150 with a single thread. Bulldozer simply makes up the difference with more threads—at least, in this case it does.
We're using the latest beta version of POV-Ray 3.7 that includes native multithreading and 64-bit support.
Another solid showing from the FX-8150 in the "chess2" test, which is more widely multithreaded than POV-Ray's benchmark scene.
Valve VRAD map compilation
This next test processes a map from Half-Life 2 using Valve's VRAD lighting tool. Valve uses VRAD to pre-compute lighting that goes into games like Half-Life 2.
The FX slips a little here, falling behind the Phenom II X6 yet again.
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