Benchmark Results: LightWave 3D 9.6
One thing you’ll notice when you use applications with multiple components is a tendency for some functionality to include optimizations for threading and other pieces do not.
Our custom LightWave 3D Modeler test, which renders a 1+ million polygon version of the Tom’s Hardware logo, gains nothing from the additional compute muscle afforded by 24 threads available concurrently. The same holds true for the OpenGL-based fly-through of the logo in LightWave Layout. In fact, in both cases (as we've seen previously), the more complex architectures sacrifice performance compared to simpler and less-expensive setups.
|Header Cell - Column 0||2 x Xeon X5680||2 x Xeon W5580||1 x Core i7-980X Extreme|
|Render, Frame 8||6 min., 7 sec.||7 min., 30 sec.||9 min., 35 sec|
|Render, Frame 41||6 min., 29 sec.||7 min., 49 sec.||10 min., 6 sec.|
|Render, Frame 500||7 min., 8 sec.||8 min., 35 sec.||11 min., 12 sec.|
|Render, Frame 600||5 min., 20 sec.||6 min., 12 sec.||8 min.|
Start rendering individual frames from the Layout-based logo file, however, and those CPU cores suddenly kick into gear. While two Xeon X5680s can’t quite halve the rendering time of a single Core i7-980X, they come close enough to make the addition of a second processor worthwhile for professionals who do a lot of rendering in LightWave.
Just remember—not every component of NewTek’s software benefits equally from a multi-socket configuration.
A+ Excellent Review.
The Xeon 5600-series tops out with 6 cores and 12 threads, yielding 24 logical processors between two sockets. =)
i have a feeling you dont understand what the word "workstation" means.
I guess what this review says is that, if you want performance for stuff you do at home you should pretty much just get a Nehalem i7 6c with some fast ram. The xeons seems to be behind on everything multimedia, much as expected.
mheagerNot true. Hyper threading makes it so if one app gets stuck in an endless loop it doesn't suck up all the cpu and freeze the computer.The OS can do that even on a single core with no HT. Not to mention the case with many physical cores which non-HT CPUs have nowadays.