AutoCAD 2006 doesn’t need an introduction, I assume. This is a popular software tool for computer-aided designing and modeling.
However, the performance of our newcomer turned out quite low here as well. It is probably the raw ATI driver that led to ATI FireGL V7350 turning a few times slower than the Nvidia Quadro FX 4500. Hopefully, the upcoming driver releases will eliminate performance issues in AutoCAD suite.
Besides the SPECapc family of applications we have also resorted to a special CINEBENCH 2003 test. It shows the systems’ performance in a popular Cinema 4D application, which is especially beloved by Mac users.
Note that here both professional graphics accelerators run about neck and neck.
Although professional graphics accelerators are hardly ever used for games, we decided to still run the FutureMark 3DMark06 test. The thing is that unlike 3D modeling applications, this benchmark allows to better estimate the computational power of the GPU used for shader processing.
This is where the excellent shader processing speed of the new ATI FireGL V7350 solution reveals itself. Unfortunately, most of the contemporary 3D modeling applications and tools cannot take advantage of this ATI’s strength, because they deal primarily with triangles processing and texturing, where ATI FireGL V7350 appeared to be not very fast.