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Synthetic Performance

The SolidWorks Viewset was created from traces of the graphics workload generated by the Solidworks 2009 SP2 application from Dassault Systemes. Model sizes range from 2- to 20-million vertices in a variety of commonly used SolidWorks render modes, including RealView, which makes use of GLSL shaders.

The Intel Core i7 2600K and Core i5 2500K processors perform particularly well in the SPECviewperf v11 SolidWorks test. Here the Core i7 2600K was 4% faster than the Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition, while the Core i5 2500K was 21% faster than the Core i5 750.

The Maya Viewset was created from traces of the graphics workload generated by the SPECapc for Maya 2009 benchmark. The models used in the tests range in size from 6- to 66-million vertices, and are tested with and without vertex and fragment shaders.

The SPECviewperf v11 Maya test provides us with similar performance trends to that of the SolidWorks test, though the AMD processors were noticeably slower here. The Core i7 2600K lead the Core i7 975 Extreme Edition by a 9% margin, while the Core i5 2500K was incredibly 50% faster than the Core i5 750.

Using Povray 3.6 we measure the time it takes to render the Biscuit and Woodbox images. Right away you will notice that the new Sandy Bridge processors offer a significant performance boost in this benchmark.

The Core i7 2600K was 18% faster than the Intel Core i7 975 Extreme Edition. Also the Core i5 2500K was 33% faster than the Core i5 750 when looking at the data from the Biscuit test. Both were faster than any quad-core processor we have tested in Povray 3.6 before.

The CINEBENCH R11.5 benchmark program features a GPU and CPU test, we decided to test with both. The CPU performance of the Intel Core i7 2600K was 18% greater than that of the Core i7 975 Extreme Edition. Meanwhile the Core i5 2500K provided a 48% performance boost over the Core i5 750.

The GPU performance was equally impressive as the Core i7 2600K was 19% faster than the i7 975 Extreme Edition. The Core i5 2500K also beat the Core i5 750 by a 33% margin.