|[March 13, 2013]
SPECapc Releases All-New Benchmark for Systems Running SolidWorks 2013
GAINESVILLE, Va. --(Business Wire)--
SPEC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group
has released all-new performance evaluation software for systems running
Dassault Systemes' (News - Alert) SolidWorks 2013 CAD/CAM application.
SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 includes 10 new models, each of which is
exercised with 12 tests. Models were selected from the SolidWorks user
community, with an emphasis on real-world datasets that can be
distributed in the public domain.
The 10 graphics-oriented tests in SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 use three
SolidWorks view settings -- RealView, ambient occlusion and shadows --
in combination with shaded and shaded-with-edges display styles. The two
CPU tests within the benchmark include tessellation and PhotoView360
The benchmark generates individual scores for each test and computes
composite scores for graphics and CPU performance.
"We're pleased to offer this completely new benchmark that provides deep
insight into the performance of systems running SolidWorks 2013," says
Allen Jensen, SPECapc chair. "Vendors can use this to optimize
performance for systems running SolidWorks 2013 and users can employ it
to make better-informed buying decisions for components and OE systems."
Available now under new pricing
SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 is available immediately on the SPEC website
It is designed for Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows 7 64-bit platforms.
The benchmark is the first to be offered under a new two-tiered pricing
structure: free for non-commercial users and $2,500 for commercial
entities. Commercial entities are defined as organizations using the
benchmark for the purpose of marketing, developing, consulting for
and/or selling computers, computer services, graphics devices, drivers
or other systems in the computer marketplace.
"The new pricing structure extends our practice of offering free
benchmarks to encourage widespread adoption of performance evaluation
tools within the user community," says Paul Besl, chair of SPECapc's
parent group, SPEC's Graphics and Workstation Performance Group
(SPEC/GWPG). "But it also acknowledges the need for commercial entities
that benefit from using our benchmarks for new product development and
marketing to share development and distribution costs."
SPECapc thanks AMD (News - Alert), Silvio Arcanjo, Verislav Murdrak, Fateh Merrad and
Zoran Storic for allowing their SolidWorks models to be distributed for
SPECapc was formed in 1997 to address performance evaluation based on
popular workstation applications. Current members include AMD, Dell,
Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (News - Alert), Intel, Lenovo, NEC and NVIDIA. SPECapc is part
of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC), 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
computers. For more information, visit: www.spec.org.
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