Cadalyst Benchmark Test


Test Your Hardware Systems Running AutoCAD 2000-2013

The Cadalyst Systems Benchmark 2012 (c2012) is designed to test and compare the performance of systems running AutoCAD v2000-2013. Test files are available free for download.

Update (January 2014): Cadalyst's c2012 benchmark test has not been updated to support AutoCAD 2014 but is compatible in most use cases. (See "How to Use" section below for exceptions.) It is not compatible with AutoCAD 2015. Cadalyst c2012 also has been shown by users to support Windows 8, but technical issues arise with Windows 8.1 and later. A full update of c2012 is currently in the works; the new version will be released by summer 2014 and will support AutoCAD through version 2015 as well as the latest version of Windows.

What's New in c2012
We made the following adjustments to the Cadalyst Systems Benchmark (c2012). See the README_C2012.TXT file for further information about compatibility with older versions of AutoCAD.

  • Disabled viewport controls for maximum performance on 3D tests.
  • Adjusted several functions to balance test times.
  • Added a Battery Rundown Test for use with mobile computers.
  • Renamed test drawings and files.

How to Use the Cadalyst Systems Benchmark

The Cadalyst Systems Benchmark is designed for use with full, basic AutoCAD only. It is not intended for use and may not function properly with market-specific AutoCAD versions such as Architecture, Mechanical, or Civil 3D; AutoCAD LT; trial versions; international versions; etc.

The Total Index Score is calculated based on subindex scores for four areas of performance: 3D Graphics, 2D Graphics, Disk, and CPU. The 3D visualization portions of the c2010 benchmark are compatible with AutoCAD 2009 and later; the 2D portions of the test work with AutoCAD 2000 and later. The benchmark compares the test times of your current system with a set of base times and computes an index number. An index score of 135, for example, means your test system is 135 times faster than the base system for the functions tested.

Please review the README file in the accompanying download for full details and instructions for running the benchmark test and evaluating Total Index Scores. Remember, as is true for all benchmark tests, the Cadalyst Benchmark Test is merely a guide for measuring system performance.

For further information about the Cadalyst Systems Benchmark, see related posts on Cadalyst's CADspeed blog.

The original Cadalyst Systems Benchmark was released in 1996. All versions have been developed by Art Liddle, a former editor of Cadalyst magazine and now a physics teacher at Springfield High School in Springfield, Oregon.

Cadalyst thanks NVIDIA for providing the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 graphics card used to develop the C2012 benchmark.

C2012 v5.4 (July 2011)
For AutoCAD 2000-2012; 3D visualization tests are compatible with AutoCAD 2009 and later. Click this link to download the test files:

C2012.ZIP (8.5 MB)

Copy all the test files to a test directory, such as C2012_test. If necessary, uncompress the files. You'll need approximately 20 MB of disk space for all test files. The included README file provides a full description of the benchmark test and related files as well as instructions for use. Be sure to review this document carefully and view all included screen shots for full details on running the tests.


Archives are provided for download for those who require running the previous benchmark test, for purposes such as replicating or verifying older test results. 3D visualization tests are compatible with AutoCAD 2009 and later. Follow the same general guidelines for use as instructed above and in the included README files. Click links to download the test files:

C2011.ZIP (7.5 MB; summer 2010; works with AutoCAD 2000-2011)
C2010.ZIP (8.4 MB; January 2010; works with AutoCAD 2000-2010)

©Copyright 2012 Art Liddle and Cadalyst. You may freely use the Cadalyst Systems Benchmark and/or modify it for personal use only. This benchmark test (including all files) may not be copied, modified, or distributed for commercial purposes without the written consent of the copyright holders. Test results may not be published for commercial purposes without the written consent of the copyright holders.

Questions and comments. After fully reviewing the details included above and in the README file included with the accompanying file download, please contact us with any questions or comments.


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