SPECapc Releases PTC Creo 3.0 Benchmark

GAINESVILLE, VA -- (Marketwired) -- Jan 07, 2015 -- SPEC's Application Performance Characterization ( SPECapc) project group has released a new standard benchmark for evaluating the performance of systems running PTC® Creo® 3.0 product design software.

The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark provides eight workflows that exercise all aspects of system performance when running the popular application. Composite scores are generated for graphics, CPU and I/O performance. Scores are also generated for specific graphics display modes used in PTC Creo 3.0, including shading with reflections, shading with edges, shading, wireframe, hidden-line and no-hidden-line.

Maximum use of new functionality

PTC and SPECapc collaborated to create and test the benchmark, making maximum use of new functionality in PTC Creo 3.0. Updates implemented in the SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark include:

  • transparency using order independent transparency (OIT), which improves rendering clarity without sacrificing interactivity or visual quality;
  • screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO), which mimics real-life blocking out of light for realistic rendering of creases, holes and surfaces that are close to one another; and
  • advanced materials, bump mapping and image background support.

Benefit to entire PTC community

"PTC thanks SPECapc for delivering this new standard benchmark for PTC Creo 3.0," said Brian Thompson, senior vice president, PTC Creo product management. "Our worldwide customer base and our hardware partners can now measure and compare the performance of PTC Creo 3.0 on the latest generation of CAD workstations."

"PTC has taken extra measures to work with us to create a timely, comprehensive and high-quality performance evaluation tool," says Allen Jensen, SPECapc chair. "The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark should be a great benefit to the entire PTC community."

Free downloading for non-commercial users

The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark is available for immediate download under a two-tiered pricing structure: free for non-commercial users and $2,500 for commercial entities. Commercial entities are defined as organizations using the benchmark for the purpose of marketing, developing, testing, consulting for and/or selling computers, computer services, graphics devices, drivers or other systems in the computer marketplace.

SPEC/GWPG members also receive the benchmark at no cost. Current SPEC/GWPG members are AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Micron, Lenovo, NEC and NVIDIA.

About SPEC

SPEC is a non-profit organization that establishes, maintains and endorses standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate performance for the newest generation of computing systems. Its membership comprises more than 100 leading computer hardware and software vendors, educational institutions, research organizations, and government agencies worldwide.

All trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders. PTC and Creo are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

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