The new SPECapc for NX 9/10 benchmark can be run with Siemens NX 9.0 or NX 10.0, although results from the two different application versions are not comparable. Users need an NX 9.0 or NX 10.0 license that includes the NX Shape Studio or equivalent bundle for Advanced Studio rendering. The benchmark is designed to run on Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit platforms.
Reflecting real-world usage
"We consider this the most comprehensive performance evaluation software available for systems running Siemens NX 9 or 10," says Trey Morton, SPECapc chair. "It represents all the graphics display modes used in the application and closely simulates user interaction when running NX 9 or 10 in the real world."
Seven models representing common use cases are included in SPECapc for NX 9/10. The benchmark executes graphics tests that include rotation, pan, zoom and clipping for each model. CPU tests within the benchmark measure performance for field of view (FOV) and feature regeneration operations. Anti-aliasing can be enabled or disabled to allow users to assess performance differences between the two modes.
The benchmark produces composite GPU and CPU scores, as well as sub-scores for each of the display modes tested during a run. Display modes include shaded, shaded with edges, wireframe, wireframe with hidden edges, and wireframe with dim edges, as well as the application-specific Advanced Studio, True Studio and Face Analysis modes. Scoring is weighted based on how NX 9.0 and 10.0 users exercise functionality in their day-to-day work.
SPECapc for NX 9/10 debuts a new user interface and results reporting format that will be the basis for all future SPECapc benchmarks. The new GUI automatically records system configuration information, allows the user to select specific parameters for the benchmark run, and displays results when testing is completed.
Available now for downloading
SPECapc for NX 9/10 is available for immediate download on the SPEC website ( www.spec.org/gwpg) 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.
SPECapc was formed in 1997 to address performance evaluation based on professional workstation applications. Current members include AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Intel, Lenovo, NVIDIA and VMware. SPECapc is part of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC), a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of computers. For more information, visit: www.spec.org.
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