SPECapc Releases New Benchmarks for
3ds max 4.2 and SolidWorks 2001Plus
WARRENTON, Va., May 1, 2002 - SPEC/GPC's Application Performance
Characterization (SPECapc) project group has released two new benchmarks
for systems running 3ds max 4.2 and SolidWorks 2001Plus software. Both
benchmarks are available for free on this web site. SPECapc members'
initial results for SPECapc for 3ds max 4.2 are available on the site
today; results from SPECapc for SolidWorks 2001Plus are expected to
be released May 15.
SPECapc for 3ds max 4.2 is an updated benchmark that runs on the latest
version of the popular 3D animation package. It uses the same models
and scenarios as the 3ds max benchmark that SPECapc introduced last
year. The benchmark was originally developed by CAT Production (www.CAT-zentrum.de),
a German computer animation and special effects studio, and updated
SPECapc for SolidWorks 2001Plus is a new benchmark developed by SolidWorks.
It represents typical working patterns of a SolidWorks 2001Plus CAD/CAM
user and runs on Microsoft Windows 2000. The benchmark uses different-sized
CAD/CAM solid models, the largest of which is an engine model with 2.25
"We strive to continually raise the bar for graphics application
benchmarking," says George Chaltas of Intel, SPECapc's chair. "Working
with SolidWorks and other ISVs, we are able to ensure that our benchmarks
measure performance based on real-world application use."
SPECapc continues to seek additional benchmarks for leading software
programs in three key application areas: CAD/CAM/CAE, visualization
and digital content creation (DCC). SPECapc benchmarks and updated performance
results are offered for free on the GPC News web site.
SPECapc is a project group of the Graphics Performance Characterization
(GPC) Group, which in turn is part of the Standard Performance Evaluation
Corp. (SPEC). SPEC is a non-profit corporation formed to establish,
maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that
can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers.
SPEC's membership includes computer hardware and software vendors, and
leading universities and research facilities worldwide.
Bob Cramblitt, Erin Hatfield
Cramblitt & Company