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 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!