SPECapc Releases PTC Creo 3.0 Benchmark16 Jan, 2015 By: Cadalyst Staff
Users can measure and compare the performance of PTC Creo 3.0 on the latest generation of CAD workstations.
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. SPEC is a nonprofit organization that establishes, maintains, and endorses standardized benchmarks and tools to evaluate computing system performance.
The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark is designed to run on Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit platforms. It provides eight workflows that exercise all aspects of system performance when running the 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.
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
- advanced materials, bump mapping, and image background support.
The SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0 benchmark is available for immediate download under a two-tiered pricing structure: free for noncommercial 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.