So lately I’ve been in the market for upgrading to a new workstation, So I’ve been doing some research and experimentation. Trying to find the best bang for the buck.
Pentium M(single) 1.7ghz
Pentium D(dual) 3.4ghz
Intel Core2Extreme(dual) 2.9ghz
OK, This was the image benchmarked:
Its a blown up version of my F1 and Its got some artifacts but that doesnt really matter.
Rendered at Full 1280x1024 OSAx16
Now I 1st tested this out on my notebook:
Sony Vaio FS 1.7ghz(single core) Pentium M, 2ghz RAM, Intel 900 graphics card
The render time: 2hr 5m 15s
The other two tests were done on a HP XW4400 workstation, 2.5ghz RAM, Nvidia 8800GTS
Now here here is the cool part:
Render time on the Pentium D 3.4ghz 1hr 0m 39s
Render time on the Core2Extreme 2.9ghz 29m 25s!
Pentium M 1.7: 2hr5m15s
Pentium D 3.4: 1hr0m39s
So 100% render speed increase for 2/3 the ghz rating, Just goes to show you how much more efficient the new core2’s are compared to older processors, just something to look at when your looking at upgrading.
Forgot to add, Blender 2.42a Official release.