SPEC pushes forward with new CAD-focused 3D benchmarks

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Fulmine Concept car from the SPECapc benchmark for SolidWorks 2013

SPEC’s application performance characterization (SPECapc) group, the non-profit organisation that develops application benchmarks for 3D graphics workstations, has introduced a new test for 3ds Max 2015 and announced plans to update its SolidWorks, NX and Maya tests.

The SPECapc tests are a great way of finding out how your workstation performs in relation to others. DEVELOP3D currently uses the SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 benchmark to help evaluate 3D graphics and overall workstation performance so we look forward to seeing how these new tests develop.
Meanwhile, the organisation’s graphics performance characterisation (SPECgpc) group is to shake up the SPECviewperf benchmark, a widely used synthetic test that features ‘viewsets’ from a variety of different CAD and visualization applications.

SPEC says plans are underway to decouple the viewsets from the SPECviewperf framework that controls running of the files and recording of results. The idea is this would provide the flexibility to offer new viewsets without requiring major revisions to SPECviewperf itself.

SPECgpc is currently working on updated viewsets to measure graphics performance for systems running Autodesk 3ds Max and Inventor.

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