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3ds max 7

3ds max 7 software package doesn’t need any introduction, I suppose. It is a very popular package for professional 3D animation and modeling. We used the SPECapc script to measure the performance of our systems in this application. The script reports two results: first number indicates the performance of the systems in viewports, and the second – the performance during final rendering.

As we can see, 3ds max 7 doesn’t use any multi-threading in viewports. That is why the winner here is the single-processor system with a single-core AMD Athlon 64 FX-57 CPU working at the actual clock frequency of 2.8GHz.

However, when it comes to final rendering, the number of processor cores does matter a lot. Dual Opteron 275 system runs 47% faster than the same system with only one dual-core processor and becomes an unreachable leader in this race.

Maya 6.5

Maya is another professional graphics package for 3D graphics professionals. We tested our system with the help of two scripts: SPECapc in viewports and ZOORender for final rendering speed measurements.

The situation in viewports is exactly the same as in 3ds max 7. The advantages of multi-processor architecture are not used at all.

But during the final rendering the performance difference between a single-processor and a dual-processor system based on dual-core Opteron CPUs is simply tremendous. With the second dual-core CPU in the system, your workstation will perform Maya final rendering 93% faster!

 
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