First of all we decided to test the performance of our top professional testing participants in SPECviewperf 8.1 benchmark, which serves as a sort of reference when it comes to graphics cards performance in 3D modeling tasks. This benchmark shows the performance during rotation of typical models created in various professional applications.
Note that this benchmark doesn’t allow us to evaluate the performance of our testing participants in each application separately. Since the developers do not optimize their drivers specifically for SPECviewperf 8.1, this benchmark can be regarded as a great tool for “raw” performance analysis of the graphics card and the driver in OpenGL. Here are the obtained results:
According to the results, Nvidia Quadro FX 4500 retains the leadership in most cases. The reasons for that have already been described above: the “raw” performance of this GPU is higher due to more texturing units. Nevertheless, the new ATI FireGL V7350 is up to the mark in most cases. As we can see it is fatally behind only in three tests: maya-01 (Maya), sw-01 (SolidWorks) and ugs-04 (Unigraphics). However, there are a few models where ATI FireGL V7350 card turns out an indisputable winner. They are 3dsmax-03 (3ds max) and light-01 (Lightscape).