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 i7-2600K (3.4 GHz) was 17% faster than the Phenom II X6 1100T (3.3 GHz) and 25% faster than the Core i7-875K (2.93 GHz). This is an impressive result, since the Phenom II X6 1100T is a six-core CPU, while the Core i7-2600K is a quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading technology, and usually CPUs with more “real” cores are the ones that achieve the best results on Cinebench.