Solid Works 2003 and 3D Studio Max 5.1

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SPECapc for SolidWorks 2003™ is designed to represent a day in the life of a typical SolidWorks 2003 user. The benchmark was developed by SolidWorks. It is written in Visual Basic and C, and runs on Windows 2000 and Windows XP platforms. The benchmark uses different-sized CAD/CAM solid models, the largest of which is an engine model with 3.13 million vertices.
The Solid Works 2003 benchmark is put together by the SPEC group, and it is a fairly new benchmark. The test also has a few outputs including graphics, CPU, I/O and the total score. We again see the Opteron able to take the P4 by a margin that, while not very impressive, is still respectable.

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Using the standard install of 3D Studio Max 5.1, I simply rendered two of the example projects that came in the “Benchmarking” folder of the installation CD. The two we used here are the “Underwater_environment” and “vol_light2.” Here the P4 is able to take the Opteron on both tests by considerable margins due to the high optimization that Discreet has done for the P4 and multi-processing.

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