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Scott Wertel
Scott Wertel
Scott is a full-time Configuration Manager. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from MSOE and over 10 years experience in mechanical design and engineering. Scott started his career on the drafting board, a discipline he feels every new designer or engineer should experience. He discovered … More »

3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Solid Edge ST3

 
August 26th, 2010 by Scott Wertel

Deelip has put together a great series, in plain terms, to describe the graphics performance of various 3D MCAD packages.

Here is his exhaustive list:

    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Expert Opinon By Tech Soft 3D
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 1
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 2 (MoI)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 3 (SpaceClaim)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 4 (KeyCreator)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 5 (Alibre Design)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 6 (Alibre Design Revisited)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 7 (AutoCAD)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 8 (KOMPAS-3D)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 9 (Acrobat)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 10 (Pro/ENGINEER)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 11 (IRONCAD)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 12 (T-FLEX)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 13 (Inventor)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 14 (PowerSHAPE)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 15 (CoCreate)
    3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Part 16 (Conclusion)

One CAD system Deelip was not able to try was Solid Edge ST3, because it is currently in beta and only a few leaks are managing their way into the public realm. The reason ST3 really needs to be in Deelip’s comparison is because it claims to have significant improvements to graphics performance.

Well, it just so happens that one Solid Edge user did a test similar to Deelip’s. Please note that this user did this prior to Deelip’s blog posts, so it doesn’t use an engine and the pathing is only coincidental. The reason it is so late making it into the public realm is because the user needed to get permission before releasing the videos. That’s the speed of business, baby. What do you think? Are these “freakin’ awesome”?

Improved Graphics Performance – SE ST3 Single Assembly

Improved Graphics Performance – SE ST3 Multiple Assemblies

The computer that ran this is

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E6850 (3.00Ghz)
8 Gig RAM
Windows 7 64-bit (SE 32-bit only cause I don’t have 64-bit downloaded yet)
Quadro FX 1700
Intel X25-M 80 Gig SSD

The test was also done on a machine very similar with only 4 Gig RAM, Windows XP, and a 10,000 RPM SATA drive and the results were identical.  The Solid Edge settings were the default settings, no special tweaks.

The first video:

1659 Unique Parts
4800 Total Parts
11 Simplified
7 Level
384 Sub-assemblies
340 Unique sub-assemblies
1.2 Gig Total Document Size

The second video:

1659 Unique Parts
19200 Total Parts
44 Simplified
8 Level
1540 Sub-assemblies
341 Unique sub-assemblies
1.2 Gig Total Document Size

And don’t tell anyone, but that issue about using 50% CPU just by moving your cursor over a blank graphics screen, has been improved also.

(I tried to embed the youtube videos, but it appears that you may have to click on the links instead.)

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Category: MCAD Products

4 Responses to “3D Graphics Performance Comparison – Solid Edge ST3”

  1. Scott Wertel says:

    New blog post on mcadcafe. Something for @DeelipMenezes to devour. http://bit.ly/cBpHnj

  2. Sean Dotson says:

    RT @swertel: New blog post on mcadcafe. Something for @DeelipMenezes to devour. http://bit.ly/cBpHnj (wow, that's pretty impressive)

  3. Dora Smith says:

    RT @swertel: New blog post on mcadcafe. Something for @DeelipMenezes to devour. http://bit.ly/cBpHnj

  4. Susan Cinadr says:

    Just now reading … RT @dorasmith: RT @swertel: New blog post on mcadcafe. Something for @DeelipMenezes to devour. http://bit.ly/cBpHnj

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