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Scan 3XS GW-HTX35 Workstation (w/ Quadro M6000) Review

SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013™ is performance evaluation software for vendors and users of computing systems running SolidWorks 2013 CAD/CAM software. It is designed to run on Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit platforms.

The benchmark includes 10 new models, each of which is exercised with 12 tests. Models were selected from the SolidWorks user community, with an emphasis on real-world datasets that can be distributed in the public domain. The largest model is 2.25 million triangles.

The 10 graphics-oriented tests in SPECapc for SolidWorks 2013 use three SolidWorks view settings – RealView, ambient occlusion and shadows – in combination with shaded and shaded-with-edges display styles. The two CPU tests within the benchmark include tessellation and PhotoView360 rendering.

The benchmark generates individual scores for each test and computes composite scores for graphics and CPU performance. The reference system for computing the normalized ratio that produces a “bigger is better” score is a Dell Precision 690 with Xeon 5130 2GHz, AMD FirePro V3750 and 16GB RAM with 4x4GB ECC DDR2 667 MHz.

Although the Scan system excelled in the SPECviewperf SolidWorks viewset, the SPECapc benchmark tells a different story.

The single-core clock speed of the RENDA system gives it a notable edge in a number of the test areas, showing that for modelling CPU clock speed is more important than cores, although we’re surprised the Quadro M6000 graphics didn’t provide an edge, considering how dominant it was across the board in the SPECviewperf 12 viewsets.

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