Cinebench 11.5 is based on the 3D software, Cinema 4d. It is very useful to measure the performance gain given by having more than one CPU installed on the system when rendering heavy 3D images. Rendering is one area in which having more than one CPU helps considerably, because usually, rendering software recognizes several CPUs. (Cinebench, for instance, can use up to 16 CPUs.)
Since we were interested in measuring the rendering performance, we ran the test called “Rendering x CPUs,” which renders a “heavy” sample image using all available CPUs (or cores – either real or virtual, as on CPUs with Hyper-Threading technology, each core is recognized as two cores by the operating system) to speed up the process.
On Cinebench, the Core i5-2500K (3.30 GHz) achieved the highest score, 29% higher than the one achieved by the Phenom II X4 975 (3.6 GHz), 32% higher than the one achieved by the Phenom II X4 970 (3.5 GHz), and 88% higher than the one achieved by the Core i5-661 (3.33 GHz).