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Intel Core i7 and Core i5 LGA 1155 Sandy Bridge
by Damien Triolet, Franck Delattre, Guillaume Louel et Marc Prieur
Published on March 21, 2011

3D Studio Max 2010

We begin with the famous image rendering software, now in its x64 and 2010 version. The test scene used is from SPECapc for 3ds max 9 (space_flyby_mentalray) which employs the MentalRay rendering machine.

As of this first test, the new Sandy Bridges show their strength. Of course, the six core LGA 1366 CPUs retain the advantage, but at the same price, the i5-2500 is 34% faster than the i5-760 and is even hot on the heels of the Phenom II X6 1075T which is in a similar price bracket although it has two fewer cores. The quad core Core i7-2600K gives the best performance of all the platforms.
Cinema 4D R11

The rendering software Maxon is well known in the overclocker community through Cinebench, which allows you to compare processor performance easily. We use version R11 of C4D in 64 bit mode with the scene from Cinebench R10 rendered at a higher resolution so as to prolong rendering time.

Our first impression was confirmed in Cinema4D. The Core i7-2600 falls between the Core i7 LGA 1366 quad and six cores, while the i5-2500 is in front of the i7-880, with a gain of 35% in comparison with the i5-760, and at the same level as the Phenom II X6 1090T.

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