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.
The results obtained in SPECviewperf 8.1 are given on the diagrams below:
In SPECviewperf 8.1 test professional solutions from Nvidia Quadro FX family boast higher results. This is not surprising at all, because these graphics cards boast higher “raw” theoretical performance thanks to more pipelines onboard.
However, we wouldn’t take the SPECviewperf 8.1 results too close to heart. They may be not representative of the performance in real professional applications. Therefore, let’s measure the performance of our testing participants in most typical 3D modeling tasks. We used SPECapc test scripts for our tests.