SPEC’s latest WS graphics benchmark

SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 benchmark is a significant update. At Siggraph 2022 in Vancouver, SPEC (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation) announced the release of its SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 graphics benchmark. This is a significant update to its industry-standard software for measuring graphics performance when using professional software applications. Measuring Graphics Performance The SPECviewperf 2020 v3.1 benchmark now … Read more

Corsair One: workstation-class PC

Corsair’s flagship PC is silent and fast. Corsair recently introduced a new gaming PC that will challenge some workstations. Corsair acquired high-performance PC build Origin in July 2019. The company brought out The Corsair One i200. It is striking looking and it is an incredible performer, thanks to a liquid-cooled 3.7 GHz Core i9-10900K processor … Read more

Skin deep won’t cut it: graphics benchmarks require real-world working models

Some of the best-looking models, such as those you see spinning at warp speed in hardware demos, may not tax the system realistically enough for benchmarks. by Bob Cramblitt Models, models, everywhere, but few suitable for a good benchmark. That statement pretty much sums up the conundrum faced by the SPEC Graphics and Workstation Performance … Read more

Lies, damned lies, and benchmarks: What makes a good performance metric

By Bob Cramblitt There’s a statement popularized by Mark Twain that describes the often-deceptive power of numbers: “There are three types of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Among people concerned with computer performance, the saying rears its head in a slightly altered form: “There are lies, damned lies, and benchmarks.” Like most wide-sweeping statements, … Read more

Benchmarking ray tracing

Ray tracing, as everyone knows, is a simple algorithm that can totally consume a processor. But how much a given processor is consumed is an unanswerable question because it depends upon the scene and of course the processor itself. So, approximations have to be made, and parameters fixed to get a consistent comparison. Then it’s … Read more

Inside the new SPECworkstation 3 benchmark

The renamed performance evaluation software features new and updated workloads throughout the suite; it is free of charge to users. By Bob Cramblitt SPECworkstation 3, an all-new version of the benchmark formerly known as SPECwpc, was released on October 31. It is developed and maintained by the SPEC Workstation Performance Characterization (SPECwpc) group, which includes … Read more