|Benchmark results - SPEC|
Functional and Performance Tests
Performance benchmark was done using SPECviewperf 11 from the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. SPEC is a non-profit organization formed to create and maintain a set of industry relevant benchmarks. Its membership is made up of leading companies such as AMD, Intel, Nvidia, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Supermicro and many more.
SPECgpc is a project group that focuses on testing graphical performance; SPECviewperf is a benchmarking application that uses viewsets from various CAD applications such as Autodesk Maya, SolidWorks and Siemans NX to simulate daily usage of a CAD application.
Various different system set ups were used to determine the main factor(s) affecting CAD application performance:
• i3-540 / 6GB DDR3-1333 / Quadro 2000
• i7-950 / 3GB DDR3-1333 / Quadro 2000
• i7-950 / 6GB DDR3-1333 / Quadro 2000
• Xeon 3430 / 6GB DDR3-1333 / Quadro 2000
• Xeon 3430 / 6GB DDR3-1333 / GeForce GTS 450
The GTS 450 card was used as a comparison as it is the closest specced desktop card to the Quadro 2000 (they have the same number of active CUDA cores and the same amount of memory).
*AA which stands for Anti-Aliasing, the x8 multiplier is how many samples are taken per pixel to determine what shade it will be.
As you can see, aside from Autodesk Maya (which better utilizes the CPU), the various different viewsets performed similarly regardless of CPU architecture/speed or memory size. From this we can conclude that the testing application, for the most part, does not utilize multiple cores/threads and as such can only be used to compare the graphics card’s effect on CAD application performance.
The factor that produces the greatest difference in score was, as expected, the type of graphics card used. When using a similarly specced GeForce card, the performance dropped from 4x up to almost 20x compared to using a Quadro card.
There is an outlier in this situation: EnSight gained a performance increase when using the GeForce card; from this we can conclude that it is not optimized for use with the Quadro model card and relies on raw performance which the GeForce has more of.
Feature Comparison with Previous Model
Image taken from CATIA Test 8 with AA x8
Results taken from Nvidia website; due to having different system specs and an unknown screen resolution these results cannot be compared to our in-house benchmarks.
**Click Here to view benchmark comparison by nVidia comparing all the current and last generation Quadro cards.
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