3ds max 9
Unfortunately, the 3ds max benchmark from SPEC only works with the ninth version of the popular 3D modeling suite released back in 2006. However, this version supports hardware shaders and accelerated rendering of projection windows via Direct3D, which makes the results quite informative even today. This test is also interesting because Nvidia puts an emphasis on making its graphics cards fast in this popular 3D modeling suite and offers a special miniport driver, downloadable from its website, which integrates into the 3ds max suite and improves the speed of operations in the projection windows.
The new card is about 6% faster than its predecessor overall. That’s not as big a gap as we saw in SPECViewperf, but we shouldn’t neglect it, especially as the Quadro 5000 can be even faster in some special cases, e.g. when working with complex models that use both shadowing and wireframe elements. Besides, the small difference in the results is not only because the graphics cards are similar but rather because the application is too CPU-dependent to make full use of the graphics card’s resources.
Like 3ds max, Autodesk AutoCAD currently prefers the DirectX API. Moreover, the new versions of this computer-aided design suite do not even include a standard OpenGL driver. On the other hand, Nvidia offers its own nonstandard miniport driver for AutoCAD. This driver can use hardware shaders for rendering, so Nvidia’s professional cards show high performance. The Quadro series used to be head above their AMD opponents in our earlier AutoCAD tests. The new Quadro generation is going to push the bar even higher.
So, the new Quadro 5000 is 50% faster than its predecessor Quadro FX 4800 in AutoCAD 2011, which is a splendid result!