Planetside Software’s Terragen 4 is a highly realistic landscape generator used to create background images in films and games such as Star Trek: Nemesis, Stealth and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. Our script renders a single frame of a snowy mountain scene at 640 x 480 on all the available CPU execution units.
Cinebench uses Maxon's Cinema 4D engine to render a photo-realistic scene of some shiny balls and weird things (we miss the motorbike). The scene is highly complex, with reflections, ambient occlusion and procedural shaders, so it gives a CPU a tough workout.
As Cinema 4D is a real-world application - used on films such as Spider-Man and Star Wars - Cinebench can be viewed as a real-world benchmark.
The final big CPU launch of the year sees Intel aiming at AMD in the mid-range to give Ryzen a bloody nose, with the Core i7-8700K seeing a 50 percent core boost compared to the Core i7-7700K for not a lot more cash.
AMD and Intel's flagships are now available, and the world has seen the numbers. Who has come off best?
Including its 'best gaming processor ever'.
Where does Intel's HEDT Skylake-X hex-core fit in amongst an increasingly crowded desktop CPU market?
MSI adds some arctic ice to its X299 lineup with the latest Tomahawk board, which retails for a reasonable £270.
8c/16t part for $549; Sep 25th availability for NVMe RAID booting.
AMD shows its high end desktop hand, but can it compete with Intel?
Gigabyte's sub-£300 X299 motherboard has plenty of features, but is it worth the cash?
We take a look at MSI's £250 X299 motherboard - does it have enough features for your cash?
We take a look at Asus' £275 X299 board, but should you just bite the bullet and go for something more premium?
Intel shows its HEDT hand and its first weapon against AMD's Threadripper.